Toyota has voluntarily undertaken a recall
of over seven million of its vehicles in what is the biggest single recall of motor cars since Ford withdrew eight million cars from the market back in 1996.
The Toyota vehicles are being recalled across the world, including Canada, Japan, U.K., and the U.S. It is with the U.S. that the largest number of cars have been recalled (almost 2.5 million). The range of cars includes the Yaris, Vios, Corolla, Matrix, Auris, Camry, RAV4, Highlander, Tundra, Sequoia, xB and xD. The cars were produced between 2005 and 2010.
The reason is due to a faulty window, where the window may stick. The company has indicated that the fault has not been linked with any accidents. However, Sky News
suggests that the window mechanism, if not lubricated, could be a fire risk.
Toyota are contacting each purchaser and will be asking the driver to bring the car to a Toyota dealer to have the window mechanism checked.
The incident will be of embarrassment to the Japanese company. According to the Daily Telegraph
, the recall comes only two months after Toyota added two models to its major 2009 recall, which was linked to floor mats becoming trapped under the accelerator.