7.4 Million Toyotas Recalled Over Faulty Window Switch of (Potential) Death

By Gary Cutlack on at

Car giant Toyota is having to recall an incredible 7.4m models due to a minute problem to do with the window switches. No one was harmed by a window, but still. Someone could've bruised a forearm. Or caught fire.

The technical issue is to do with a window switch, which could stick and may potentially catch fire if then lubricated with the wrong kind of stuff. For that one pathetically tiny and extremely specific reason, 7.4 million cars will have to be called in for a quick fix.

The recall affects 1.39 million Toyotas in Europe with 138,000 of those having been sold in the UK. Models with the wonky switches sold here are the RAV4, Yaris, Auris and Corolla, while the recall across the rest of the world includes Camry, Tundra and Sequoia models sold between 2005 and 2010.

It was only two years ago that potentially sticky accelerator pedals triggered a previous huge recall of Toyotas, while the US hybrid fleet has also previously been called back in to have braking software glitches fixed. Toyota will be writing to all owners of the particular models over the coming weeks. [Autocar]