Yet another “special service campaign” has been announced, this time by Toyota and its local distributor, UMW Toyota Motor, to rectify a power window switch defect on the driver’s side. The 63,083 units of Toyota cars to be recalled in Malaysia are part of a global recall of 7.4 million units, the largest single recall by a brand since 1996.
The models affected in Malaysia are the Vios, the Yaris, the Corolla Altis, the Camry, and the RAV4 manufactured between 2006 and 2010. It’s not a major problem as the entire repair process will take no more than an hour as it is a relatively simple process of applying heat-resistant grease on the switches.
According to Toyota, the uneven application of grease during the assembly process causes it to carbonize and lose lubrication. The driver therefore experiences a sticky feeling as a result. The DIY use of commercially-available grease to alleviate stickiness may cause friction in the switch, creating smoke and even fire!