Toyota recalls 6.5m vehicles over power window defect
TOYOTA said yesterday it was recalling 6.5 million vehicles worldwide over a power window glitch that presented a fire risk, the latest in a string of such moves by the Japanese car giant.
In recent months, Toyota recalled nearly 10 million vehicles outfitted with defective airbags that have been linked to several deaths globally.
A driver's side power window master switch could short-circuit and cause parts to overheat and melt, Toyota said in an e-mail message.
"A melting switch may produce smoking and, potentially, lead to a fire," it added.
The recalled models include the Yaris, Corolla, Camry and RAV4 sport utility vehicle produced between 2005 and 2010, it said.
About 2.7 million affected vehicles were sold in North America and 1.2 million in Europe, Toyota added.
The company said it had not received reports of accidents tied to the defect, but one customer may have suffered a burn on the hand due to the problem.
Toyota has been working to regain its reputation for safety after the recall of millions of cars globally for various problems, including the airbag issues at embattled supplier Takata.
Tokyo-based Takata has been under fire over the crisis, as it faces lawsuits and regulatory probes into accusations that it knew about the problem and concealed the dangers.
Its defective airbags have been blamed for eight deaths and scores of injuries around the world, leading to the biggest recall in United States history.
Apart from Toyota, the crisis has affected 10 other rivals including BMW, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Nissan and Subaru.
Last year, Toyota said it would pay US$1.2 billion (S$1.7 billion) to settle US criminal charges that it lied to safety regulators and the public as it tried to cover up deadly accelerator defects that might be linked to dozens of deaths.