TOKYO - Toyota Motor Corp. is recalling 7.43 million vehicles worldwide because of a faulty power-window switch.
The recall affects more than a dozen models produced from 2005 through 2010. Toyota says the power-window switch on the driver's side didn't have grease applied evenly during production, causing friction in the switch and sometimes smoke.
No crashes or injuries have been reported related to the problem. But more than 200 problems have been reported in U.S., and a fewer number of problems were reported elsewhere, including 39 cases in Japan.
In North America, 2.5 million cars are affected and involves several models including the Yaris, Corolla, Matrix, Camry, RAV4, Highlander, Tundra, Sequoia and Scion models xB and xD.
Other models also are being recalled in Japan and Europe.
According to a statement from the company, more information is available to customers at www.toyota.com/recall and the Toyota Customer Experience Center at 1-800-331-4331.
Wednesday's recall is the largest since one in 2010 that was issued due to stuck accelerators. The stuck accelerator was later found to be the cause of a fatal Santee crash that killed California Highway Patrol officer Mark Saylor and his family.
The following vehicles are included in the recall:
- 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 xB (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)