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Thursday, October 11, 2012

Toyota to Globally Recall Millions of Vehicles

Just a few days after the two giant automakers, General Motors (GM) and Honda, announced massive recalls on their models over a fire risk, Japan’s leading automaker, Toyota, likewise ordered a global recall on some of its models for the same reason.

According to reports, Toyota announced the massive recall of some 7.3 million vehicles for possible fire risk due to faulty electrical windows.

A spokeswoman from the Tokyo-based company said that the driver’s side power-window switch is defective and may eventually cause earlier wear in the switch and result in malfunction.

Another concern is that when commercially–available lubricants are applied to the switch, the switch assembly could melt, or worst is that smoke may occur and catch fire under some circumstances, the spokeswoman added.

Usually, the commercially-bought lubricants used by most vehicle owners to smooth the switch’s movement in an attempt to address its sticky feel are believed to possibly cause vehicles to catch fire.

It was revealed that the Japanese automaker giant had been aware of the problem as early as 2008. However, up until present, it is unable to determine the cause of the safety glitch.

Approximately 2.47 million vehicles will be impacted by the recall in the U.S., while some 2.8 million in Europe and China and the rest will be from other parts of the world like Canada, Japan, Australia and the Middle East countries, according to the spokeswoman.

Meanwhile, the affected models include Corolla, Camry, Matrix hatchback, RAV4 sport utility vehicles, subcompacts Vitz and Yaris, Scion xA and xD models, Highlander, and Sequoia and Tunda pick-up truck models that were built between 2005 to 2010.

Meanwhile, in separate news, a study conducted by an insurance industry  provider revealed that Toyota Yaris has the highest injury rates in the U.S. However, in another statement released by the automaker, it claimed that the global recall was not in response to any product liability claim or reported accidents, but rather as a protective measure.

Going back to the old days, Toyota was once applauded for its safety standards. However, it started experiencing heavy blows to its reputation for vehicle safety after a series of recalls in the past few years. Also, the company was also impacted by the economic downfall, a strong currency, and the devastating 2011 tsunami in Japan.

Fortunately, Toyota managed to reclaim its title as the biggest automaker in the world in the first half of this year. The previous leader was U.S.’s giant, General Motors (GM).

Despite the company’s ups and downs, it is good to know that it is still committed in putting consumers’ safety first before profits, commented by a product liability attorney. Probably, it is what pushes the company to be on top.


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