ALMOST 300,000 Toyotas are heading back to the dealership after Toyota Australia today issued its biggest ever recall.
As part of worldwide recall of some 7.4 million vehicles, Toyota is recalling Corolla, Klugers, RAV4, Yaris, Aurion and Camry cars built between 2006 and 2010. The latter two are made in Australia.
The recall is to replace the electric window master switch, located on the driver’s armrest. Toyota warned that attempts to fix the fault could result in the switch overheating and melting.
There have been six reported cases in Australia from a total of 297,931 vehicles specified by Toyota Australia. It says the problem is that the switch doesn’t operate smoothly and has a ”sticky feel”.
“This is due to the non-uniform application of lubricating grease resulting in wear to the internal sliding contact points,” says the recall notice.
“In some instances, the switch may become inoperative.”
Toyota spokeswoman Beck Angel cautioned against using commercial lubricants as a fix.
“This recall is a precautionary measure,” she says.
”The switch will be checked mechanically and electrically for correct operation and specialised electrical grease will then be applied to ensure it operates smoothly when pressed.”
Some vehicles will require the window’s electrical circuit board to be replaced.
“The inspection and any required repairs will take approximately one hour to complete and will be at no cost to the owner,” Ms Angel says.
“Depending on the dealer’s work schedule however, the car may need to be available for a longer period of time. Should Toyota owners experience sticking operation of the power window master switch, we recommend that the switch is no longer used prior to vehicle inspection and repair.”
Toyota will start a mailout to owners of affected vehicles at their last known address from mid-November asking them to make an appointment with their preferred Toyota dealer.