Toyota Ireland has confirmed the voluntary (and none-safety) recall of 36,000 vehicles. These include 9,232 Yaris, 10,357 Auris, 14,112 Corolla and 2,392 RAV 4 vehicles. The vehicles were manufactured between September 2006 and December 2008. It is part of a quality recall of seven million vehicles worldwide, with more than a dozen models affected by the recall.
The Recall involves an issue with the Power Window Master Switch (PWMS), located in the driver’s door, which controls the windows for the driver and passengers. Over time, the passenger window switches in the PWMS may begin to feel uneven or ‘notchy’ when operated and continued operation may cause the switch to stick or become inoperable.
In a scenario where a non-approved lubricant is applied to the switch there is a potential for overheating and / or melting to occur, however this can only happen in extreme circumstances and only if a non-approved lubricant is used.
Toyota Ireland will be writing directly to those owners involved in the recall to arrange to have their vehicles checked by their local dealer at a time convenient for them and at no cost to the owner.
The remedy involves applying a specially developed lubricant to the switch. Or, if the switch is already demonstrating signs of malfunction, such as in the form of a sticking sensation the switch board will be replaced.
The remedy will take 60 minutes to complete. In the meantime should a Toyota owner have a query they can contact Toyota Ireland on 01 4190222.
No crashes or injuries have been reported in relation to this quality control problem for Japan’s largest carmaker. The numbers involved in this recall are very large but it is not a safety recall, but rather a minor quality recall.