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Toyota recalls 7.43M vehicles for fire risk

submitted on October 11, 2012 by YanBz in "Stores / Merchants"
The defect is in the power-window switches and was first reported in 2008. Yesterday Toyota announced it will be recalling millions of cars worldwide.

Toyota, based in Toyota City, Japan, received a report in September 2008 from the U.S. about "an unusual smell" from the power-window master switch and "thermal damage" to the switch, the company said in a report posted today on the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website.

The automaker sent the part to the supplier to investigate and no "root cause" was found. No other problems with the switch were reported until May 2010, when the company said it began sporadically receiving information about an abnormal smell or smoke coming from driver's side doors, according to the report.

These models are included in the recall:

• 2007 to 2008 Yaris
• 2007 to 2009 RAV4
• 2007 to 2009 Tundra
• 2007 to 2009 Camry
• 2007 to 2009 Camry Hybrid
• 2008 to 2009 Scion xD
• 2008 to 2009 Scion xA
• 2008 to 2009 Sequoia
• 2008 Highlander
• 2008 Highlander Hybrid
• 2009 Corolla
• 2009 Matrix

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