Toyota "Fire" Recall
(Wednesday 10 October 2012)
Toyota has announced a recall of Yaris, Auris, Corolla and RAV4 models manufactured between September 2006 and December 2008 and sold in the UK. The small part of the issue is that they all have an electric window switch mounted in the driver's door which may start to feel sticky, and subsequently become unusable.
The larger part is that if you try to solve the problem by lubricating the switch rather than replacing it, there's a risk that the switch might overheat or melt. The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration describes this as a fire issue, which has led to considerable excitement in some quarters.
Toyota GB reports that there has been one case of switch stickiness in this country, but as part of a global recall it is having the 138,000 UK vehicles in question recalled. If a switch is found to be sticky, it will be replaced. If not, it will be treated with a non-conducting lubricant. Either way, the job "should take no more than one hour" and will be done for free by the dealer. Owners will be contacted over the next six weeks.