Japan's Toyota recalls 6.5 million vehicles globally over window defect

Visitors taking pictures of Toyota Motor Corp's cars displayed at the company's showroom in Tokyo, Japan, on Aug 4, 2015.
Visitors taking pictures of Toyota Motor Corp's cars displayed at the company's showroom in Tokyo, Japan, on Aug 4, 2015. PHOTO: REUTERS

TOKYO (AFP/REUTERS/BLOOMBERG) - Toyota said on Wednesday (Oct 21) it was recalling 6.5 million vehicles worldwide over a power window glitch that posed the risk of fire, the latest in a string of such moves by the world's biggest automaker.

The recalled models include the Yaris, Corolla, Camry and RAV4 sport utility vehicle produced between 2005 and 2010, it said.

Of the total, about 2.7 million are in North America, 1.2 million in Europe, and 600,000 in Japan, the automaker said. It said it was not aware of any crashes caused by the glitch.

Toyota said modules in the power window master switch may have been lubricated inconsistently during the manufacturing process.

Debris caused by wear from the electrical contact points can accumulate and cause a short circuit. That in turn could cause the switch assembly to overheat and melt, and potentially lead to a fire, it said.

"A melting switch may produce smoking and, potentially, lead to a fire," Toyota's e-mail added.

Among other models subject to the recall are the Matrix, RAV4, Highlander, Tundra, Sequoia and Scion xB.

The vehicles to be recalled were produced between January 2005 and August 2006, and August 2008 and June 2010, in Japan, Toyota said in an e-mailed statement on Wednesday.

The cars recalled also include those manufactured outside of Japan between August 2005 and August 2006, and January 2009 and December 2010, it said.

Toyota also issued a separate recall in Japan of about 140,000 Crown and Crown Majesta models for a glitch that could cause the hood to open inadvertently.

In recent months, Toyota has recalled nearly 10 million vehicles outfitted with defective air bags linked to several deaths globally.