Toyota to recall 6.5million cars over window defect 0

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Toyota has become known as the leader of recalls in recent years and 2015 isn’t any different. On Wednesday the company announced that 6.5million vehicles worldwide will be recalled because of a faulty window switch.

The power window switch in millions of vehicles could short-circuit, leading parts to overheat, melt, produce smoke and potentially result in a fire breaking out. It’s claimed the defect is caused by not having enough grease in the switch’s operating mechanism.

The company has released information about those involved in the recall. Of the total affected vehicles, around 2.7m are in North America, 1.2m in Europe, 600,000 in Japan and 300,000 are in Australia. The models with the defect were all built between 2005 and 2010, and include: the Corolla, Camry, Yaris, RAV4 SUV and Highlander, among others.

Toyota has told the public the fix is a simple 45-minute repair at a dealership, unless the switch isn’t functioning properly, in which case Toyota will replace the internal circuit board. It’s still unclear whether drivers will get a financial reimbursement, or if Toyota will tell its dealerships to carry out the fixes free of charge.

Toyota says that they aren’t aware of any crashes resulting in the defect, but there have been 11 reports of burns to the switch or the car door, and one person suffered a burn to their hand.

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The Japanese company, which once led global car sales for over half a decade, is forcing the public to question the quality of its manufacturing. With at least 25 different recall campaigns in the last four years, the safety of Toyota vehicles is starting to play on buyers’ minds. This month’s recall is similar to two previous recalls, one in 2009 and one in 2012. The 2012 campaign saw 7.43million cars recalled because of a fire risk stemming from electric window mechanisms.

In other news, Toyota has returned to its previous position as the leader of car sales worldwide. The Japanese manufacturer sat at the top of the list for several years, before being knocked off earlier this year by Volkswagen. After the emissions scandal rocked the German company last month, their sales figures may have stumbled, leaving Toyota able to climb back up the sales scale. We’ll know the true damage of VW’s numbers throughout the remainder of this year, but it’s unlikely they’ll be able to take the top spot again, at least not for a long time. Although, it’s unsure whether Toyota will be able to hold onto the title, given the amount of recalls they have piling up around them.