Toyota Motor Corporation recently announced that it is in the process of recalling over 7.4 million potential lemon Toyota vehicles worldwide. The recall is to provide repairs for faulty power window switches that are a potential fire hazard when handled incorrectly.
The power window switch defect has been found in a wide range of Toyota cars, SUVs, and pickup trucks. Toyota has identified the following models and numbers as being affected by the defect:
- 2007 to 2008 Yaris (approx. 110,300)
- 2007 to 2009 RAV4 (approx. 336,400)
- 2007 to 2009 Tundra (approx. 337,100)
- 2007 to 2009 Camry (approx. 938,100)
- 2007 to 2009 Camry Hybrid (approx. 116,800)
- 2008 to 2009 Scion xD (approx. 34,400)
- 2008 to 2009 Scion xA (approx. 77,500)
- 2008 to 2009 Sequoia (approx. 38,500)
- 2008 Highlander (approx. 135,400)
- 2008 Highlander Hybrid (approx. 23,200)
- 2009 Corolla (approx. 270,900)
- 2009 Matrix (approx. 53,800)
Toyota reports that the defect specifically affects the door-mounted power window switch on the driver’s side of the vehicle; the switch has a “sticky” feel to it during operation. More importantly, the defect worsens exponentially when treated with oil or other lubricants to correct the problem. The switch assembly could melt, emit smoke, or even catch fire.
Furthermore, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that General Motor’s mechanical twin to the Toyota Matrix is also known to have a similar defect. The faulty window switch problem is yet to be disclosed to a number of 2009 Pontiac Vibe hatchback owners.
Affected car owners in North America should anticipate notification from their respective car company sometime this month with instruction to bring their potential lemon vehicles into the dealership for a free inspection. Special fluorine grease will be applied to lemon vehicles found to be affected by the faulty window switch defect.
If you own any of the potentially affected lemon Toyota or lemon General Motor vehicles listed above, and you have experienced a problem with your power window switch or switch assembly, do not delay in consulting with the experienced lemon law attorneys at Consumer Law Experts at (877) 885-5366 for a free case evaluation where they can explain your lemon law rights and guide you through the lemon law process.