A Toyota recall of nearly 7.5 million vehicles around the world is the largest auto recall since 1996, when Ford recalled 7.9 million vehicles.
The Toyota recall is due to a faulty window switch. The recall affects more than a dozen models from 2005-2010. Models included are the Corolla, Camry, and Highlander.
2.5 million recalled vehicles were sold in the United States.
Apparently grease was not applied evenly during production to the power window switch on the driver's side. The result is increased friction and even smoke in some cases.
Owners of the recalled vehicles will be notified by mail later this month.
TOYOTA VEHICLES IN 2012 U.S. RECALL
2007 - 2009 Camry (approx. 938,100 vehicles)
2007 - 2009 Camry Hybrid (approx. 116,800 vehicles)
2007 - 2009 RAV4 (approx. 336,400 vehicles)
2007 - 2009 Tundra (approx. 337,100 vehicles)
2007 - 2008 Yaris (approx. 110,300 vehicles)
2008 Highlander (approx. 135,400 vehicles)
2008 Highlander Hybrid (approx. 23,200 vehicles)
2008 - 2009 Scion xD (approx. 34,400 vehicles)
2008 - 2009 Scion xA (approx. 77,500 vehicles;
2008- 2009 Sequoia (approx. 38,500 vehicles)
2009 Corolla (approx. 270,900 vehicles)
2009 Matrix (approx. 53,800 vehicles)
The Oct. 10 recall announcement is for U.S. market vehicles only. No other Toyota, Lexus, or Scion vehicles are involved in the recall and Toyota is not aware of any vehicle crashes related to this condition.
Detailed information is available to customers at www.toyota.com/recall and the Toyota Customer Experience Center at 1-800-331-4331.