Is Your Toyota Affected by the Recent Recall?

November 12, 2015

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Choisser Import Auto Services is here to bring you the latest news and tips in regard to caring for your Lexus, Toyota, Acura or Honda. And today we’ll cover everything you need to know about the recent Toyota recall your vehicle might be a part of. Toyota has announced on October 21st that it’s voluntarily recalling close to 6.5 million cars worldwide, 2.7 million of which are in North America, due to a power window defect.

View the official announcement from Toyota.

Reasons for Recall

Certain Toyota vehicles were manufactured using an alternative lubricant application method. This has resulted in insufficient lubricant application on the power window master switch. The power window master switch is the switch located on the driver-side door that has controls for all 4 windows. Due to the lack of lubricant on these vehicles, the window switch is prone to short-circuiting and overheating. At least one person in the U.S. has reported suffering a burn from the overheated switch. Several other people had door trim and related internal components melt.

Affected Vehicles

The October recall affects certain 2007-2011 Toyota models, including Camry, Camry Hybrid, Corolla, Matrix, Tundra, Highlander and Highlander Hybrid, RAV4, Yaris, Sequoia, Scion xB and Scion xD. If your car is on the recall list, you should receive a notice in the mail. Don’t want to wait?

Get your VIN ready and check recall information on Toyota’s website.

Needed Repairs

Upon taking your vehicle to your local Toyota dealer, the dealer will inspect the switch and apply lubricant as needed. If the switch or other components appear damaged, the internal circuit board will be replaced. The whole process is estimated by Toyota to take about 45 minutes.

Keep in mind that you don’t have to take your car to the exact dealership you bought it from. Any Toyota dealer can assist you. If you have already repaired this issue, Toyota should reimburse you if it wasn’t already covered by warranty. Hopefully, you saved the receipt!

Here is the list of local Toyota dealerships near Davidsonville, MD for your convenience:

Remember that you don’t have to use the dealership for any other repairs a mechanic might recommend. Check back with Choisser if the dealership is trying to sell you some extra services—we’ll be happy to offer a second opinion and more affordable estimates if the services are indeed needed.

Related Recalls

Interestingly, Toyota has conducted a similar recall almost exactly 3 years ago in October of 2012. At that time, the recall also concerned the master power window switch that was not properly lubricated and could melt or result in a fire under certain circumstances. This recall covered over 2.5 million Toyota vehicles made between 2007 and 2009, specifically including:

  • 2007 – 2008 Toyota Yaris
  • 2007 – 2009 Toyota RAV4, Tundra, Camry and Camry Hybrid
  • 2008 – 2009 Scion xD, Scion xB, Toyota Sequoia
  • 2008 Toyota Highlander and Highlander Hybrid
  • 2009 Toyota Corolla and Matrix

As evident from this recall, the issue was more widespread than Toyota initially estimated, so the affected model years had to be extended to 2011.

If you have any other questions about this recall, feel free to contact your Toyota customer service team directly. And if you need help with Toyota maintenance or repairs, bring your car to Choisser or, better yet, have us pick it up and take care of everything without disrupting your day!

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