Toyota are recalling all Auris, RAV4, Yaris & Corolla models worldwide to check a faulty electric window switch.
Toyota has issued a recall for some 7.4 million cars worldwide to check a potential fault on the Power Window Master Switch on all models of the Toyota Auris, RAV4, Corolla and Yaris built between September 2006 and December 2008. In the UK there are around 138,000 cars affected, but the Corolla is not affected in the UK – just the Auris, Yaris and RAV4.
After the worldwide Toyota recall in 2010 for sticky throttles – which was a bit of a shambles – Toyota are being very careful to make sure they’re on the ball with what is, by any measure, a minor problem. Toyota’s Scott Brownlee has taken to the BBC airways this morning – with his dulcet, reassuring Scottish tone – to reassure owners that Toyota are reacting promptly and responsibly to the issue.
The problem affects the master switch for the electric windows which can, over time, start to feel notchy and uneven and may even stop working. It looks like Toyota are worried that if owners start to slap a bit of WD40 on to smooth it out it can lead to overheating and even melting of the switch.
So Toyota are bringing 138,000 UK cars in to the workshop to check out the window master switch and either replace it or lubricate it with the right lubricant. The job should take less than an hour and there is no charge.
This recall is hardly a huge problem for owners (Toyota are reporting just a single problem case in the UK) so you should just wait for Toyota to contact you – which they will in the next six weeks.
But if you have an Auris, RAV4 or Yaris and think you might slip through Toyota’s recall net, you can always call them on 01737 367600.