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Toyota Recalls 2 Million Vehicles in U. S. for Fire Risk

Toyota Recalls 2 Million Vehicles in U. S. for Fire Risk

TORRANCE, California – Toyota Motor Sales U.S. A. is recalling approximately 2 million vehicles, including the 2007 and 2009 Toyota Camry and Camry Hybrid, because the power-window switches may short-circuit, potentially leading to a fire risk, the automaker said on Wednesday.

The recall also includes the 2009-’11 Toyota Corolla, 2008-’11 Toyota Highlander and Highlander Hybrid, 2009-’11 Toyota Matrix, 2006-’11 Toyota RAV4, 2009-’11 Toyota Sequoia, 2009-’11 Toyota Tundra, 2006-’11 Toyota Yaris, 2009-’11 Scion xB and 2009-’11 Scion xD.

“The Power Window Master Switch in the involved vehicles may have been manufactured with insufficient lubricant grease,” Toyota said in a statement. “If not enough grease is applied, under certain conditions the switch may develop a short circuit that can cause the switch assembly to overheat and melt. A melting switch can produce smoke and potentially lead to a fire.”

This is part of a worldwide recall of 6.5 million Toyota vehicles. In the U.S., it is an expansion of a previous recall of certain 2007-’09 vehicles for a similar problem.

Toyota said this recall adds vehicles not previously recalled that used an alternative lubricant application method.

A Toyota spokeswoman did not respond immediately to a query from Edmunds asking if there are any injuries, accidents, fires or fatalities linked to the recall in the U.S.

Toyota dealers will inspect the switch and apply heat-resistant grease. If the switch is not operating normally, an internal circuit board will be replaced. A date has not been specified for the recall. Owners can contact Toyota customer service at 1-800-331-4331.

No information about the recall has been posted on the website of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which oversees vehicle safety in the U.S.

Edmunds says: Owners of these vehicles should wait for their official recall notice and then schedule a service appointment with their dealer. But if you have an immediate concern, it’s best to contact your dealer now.

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