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Toyota to recall 7.4m vehicles globally on power window glitch

Published on Oct 10, 2012 3:51 PM
This file picture taken on May 11, 2012, shows workers checking paints and bodies of Toyota Motor's best selling car "Corolla" at a plant of the company's subsidiary Central Motor at Ohira village in Miyagi prefecture, northern Japan. Japan's biggest automaker said on Oct 10, 2012 it would recall 7.43 million vehicles globally over a fire risk caused by a power-window defect. --PHOTO: AFP

TOKYO (REUTERS) - Japan's Toyota Motor will voluntarily recall 7.4 million vehicles globally, including certain Vitz, Yaris and Corolla models, due to malfunctioning power window switches, the company said on Wednesday.

The power-window switch on the driver's side did not have grease applied evenly during production, causing friction in the switch and sometimes smoke, according to Toyota.

Among the vehicles to be recalled are 2.47 million in the United States, 1.40 million in China and 1.39 million in Europe, making it the biggest single recall since Ford Motor pulled back 7.9 million vehicles in 1996.

In Japan, Toyota is recalling about 459,300 vehicles, including the Vitz, produced between 2006 and 2008.

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