Toyota Recalls 7.4 Million Vehicles
The leading Japanese automaker – Toyota – has once again issued a massive recall, the largest since 1996. Worldwide the recall covers roughly 7.4 Milion vehicles in all markets. This recall notice is seen as a precautionary measure, given that no bodily injury or property damage has been reported anywhere as a result of the manufacturing defect present on various model vehicles made from 2005-2010. The notice will affect 1.39 million vehicles in Europe, 2.47 million in the United States, 1.4 million in China, 240,000 vehicles in Canada, and the rest spread out through Asia, Australia, and South America.
The reason that so many vehicles are being recalled all at once is because of parts standardization. A common practice in the auto industry, manufacturers use the same parts for various models to save money, and many times parts are even shared between automakers.
The newest Toyota Recall affects the following 10 models that are sold in Canada:
- 2005-2010 Toyota Yaris
- 2005-2010 Toyota Corolla
- 2005-2010 Toyota Matrix
- 2005-2010 Toyota Camry
- 2005-2010 Toyota RAV4
- 2005-2010 Toyota Highlander
- 2005-2010 Toyota Tundra
- 2005-2010 Toyota Sequoia
- 2005-2010 Scion xB
- 2005-2010 Scion xD
The recall was issued to repair a power window switch on the driver’s door that has the potential to catch fire when sprayed with commercially available lubricants. Toyota says the fix is easy and takes only 40 minutes. Toyota technicians will spray the switches and wiring with a special fluorine grease that will prevent any such fire from possibly occurring. Although Toyota has declined to comment on the cost of the recall, a Tokyo based analyst has estimated that this will cost the carmaker roughly $128 Million US Dollars. This news adds to Toyota’s list of problems after recent reports showed that Toyota’s sales in China in September dropped 48% compared to the same month last year amid growing China-Japan tensions.