Just as Toyota had just about put behind the recall problems from 2009-2011, the recall bug has bitten the Japanese automaker again.
Toyota announced it is recalling 7.4 million vehicles worldwide for a faulty window switch that could cause a fire. This recall isn’t quite like the sudden-acceleration problem, but it’s still another lump for Toyota to take.
Toyota has battled its way back from multiple difficulties since 2008, including a series of recalls involving more than 10 million of its vehicles in 2009-11, and crippled supply chains from last year’s earthquake and tsunami in Japan and floods in Thailand. It posted its biggest quarterly operating profit in four years in April-June.
The firm regained its crown as the world’s best-selling automaker in the first half year and expects to sell 9.76 million cars and light trucks globally this year, including the Daihatsu and Hino brands.
The recall, intended to fix a malfunctioning power window switch on the driver’s side, primarily affects cars in the United States, China and Europe.
The recall will include some Yaris and Corolla models, with repairs taking about 40 minutes, the company said.
“The process to repair (the power window switch) is not an extensive one,” spokeswoman Monika Saito said, adding that it would involve putting heat-resistant grease on the switches, or exchanging them.
Toyota declined to say how much the recall would cost, or what impact it may have on future earnings.
The recall will include 2.47 million vehicles in the United States, 1.4 million in China and 1.39 million in Europe, the company said.