Toyota To Recall 7.4-Million Vehicles

More than 7.4 million vehicles are now being recalled by Toyota Motor Corp. due to its power window switches which were recently found to be faulty, and are being considered to be a potential fire hazard.

This major setback from Japan’s largest automaker will see a worldwide recall.

This move is the biggest single recall in recent years. Last to pull nearly same amount of vehicle out the road is Ford who recalled around 8 million vehicles in 1996 due to defective ignition switches than can cause engine fires.

The recent years have been difficult for Toyota as from 2009 to 2011. In that period, they have already seen 10 million of their vehicles being recalled, and have experienced losses in their supply chains as Japan and Thailand have been hit by earthquake and tsunamis in the recent years.

The purpose of this Toyota recall is to fix a malfunctioning power window switch located on the vehicle’s driver side. This recall primarily affects cars that were distributed in the United States, Europe and China. This recall will include some Corolla and Yaris model. However, the repair to be undertaken would only take less than an hour said Toyota.

Monika Salto, a spokesperson from Toyota said, “The process to repair is not an extensive one.” The spokesperson however did not mentioned as to how this recall would impact the said company and how much the recall would cost them.

Toyota’s National Dealer Advisory Council Chairman in the United State, Carl Swope, considers the recall despite the huge amount of vehicles affected, to be only “pretty minor.” Swope reiterated that Toyota have been proactive in addressing safety concerns on their vehicles since 2008. Swope added that he thinks that the Toyota dealers are not at all concerned on the impact of this recall. “This kind of recall is almost a testament to Toyota and their resolve to absolutely address any issue,” said Swope.