This Toyota Camry hybrid might be far more exciting than its beige exterior implies, as it could suffer from a window-switch ailment that has forced the auto giant to recall some 6.7 million cars, trucks, and SUVs worldwide.
The problem stems from an insufficient amount of lubricating grease for the power-window master switch, which could allow moisture or debris into the unit, causing a short. The switch could then overheat and melt, increasing the risk of fire.
Some 2 million vehicles are affected in the United States. The list:
- 2007, 2009 Camry/Camry hybrid
- 2009–2011 Corolla
- 2008–2011 Highlander/Highlander hybrid
- 2009–2011 Matrix
- 2006–2011 RAV4
- 2009–2011 Sequoia
- 2009–2011 Tundra
- 2006–2010 Yaris
- 2009–2011 Scion xB
- 2009–2010 Scion xD
The remedy involves a check at the dealership; technicians will apply heat-resistant grease and inspect the switch. If it isn’t operating within spec, Toyota says, an internal circuit board will be replaced. Some models from the 2007, 2008, and 2009 model years had previously been recalled for the same issue. The Detroit News reports that 11 incidents have been filed with Toyota, including one burn injury.
Toyota intends to notify owners via a mailing, and those with the affected cars can also use NHTSA’s VIN-lookup tool to determine if their specific vehicle has been recalled.