Automaker Toyota recently announced that it is recalling 6.5 million vehicles
in order to address a problem in the switches that operate the cars'
power windows, according to a
recent article in the
U.S. News & World Report.
The defect may cause the window switch to overheat, melt, or even start
a fire inside the vehicle. One U.S. driver has already reported suffering
a burned hand as a result of the defect, and Toyota reports receiving
eleven other reports of vehicle damage resulting from the defect. In several
of the cases, the switch or part of the car door ignited, said the automaker.
The company explained that the defect results from grease that was improperly
applied when the switches were being manufactured. If debris or moisture
gets inside the switch, it can cause a short circuit, which may make the
grease ignite, starting a fire.
The 6.5 million total includes 2.7 million vehicles in North America, approximately
1.2 million in Europe, and 600,000 in Japan. It covers ten vehicle models
in all, spanning model years from 2006 to 2011. Owners can take their
vehicles to any Toyota dealership for service at no cost to them. If the
switches are not working, the dealership will replace the internal circuit
board; if they are still working, they will be treated with a heat-resistant grease.
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