No injuries or crashes have been reported related to the recalls announced Wednesday. But two reports of fires are linked to one of the problems, a defective engine starter that can keep the motor running. Some vehicles were recalled for more than one problem.
The recall of 7.43 million vehicles, spanning more than a dozen models sold around the world produced from 2005 through 2010, include the Camry, the top-selling car in the U.S. “We are not proud of recalls. But there is nothing wrong with recalls per se. Hiding anything would be the problem,” said Shigeru Hayakawa, a senior executive.
The recall affects more than a dozen models produced from 2005 through 2010. The power-window switch on the driver’s side didn’t have grease applied evenly during production, causing friction in the switch and sometimes smoke, according to Toyota.