Toyota: Vehicles' defect not dangerous

Posted at 10/12/2012 2:13 AM | Updated as of 10/12/2012 1:57 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Faulty power window switches found in 7.4 million vehicles worldwide that are being recalled by Toyota Motor Corp. are not dangerous, the carmaker said Thursday night.

Rommel Gutierrez, vice president of Toyota Motor Philippines Corp., in a press statement said they will conduct a special service campaign to address a minor defect in the power window master switch of certain Toyota vehicles.

"The models involved are Camry, Corolla, Vios, Yaris and Rav4 manufactured between 2006 and 2010," he said.

Gutierrez said around 22,000 units in the Philippines are affected.

"The defect is not fatal or dangerous and will only require about one hour to be fixed," he said.

"The sliding electrical contact in the driver's side power window master switch may experience a 'notchy' or sticky feeling during operation which might cause the button to get stuck," he added.

Gutierrez earlier said the company will notify customers affected by the recall to visit Toyota dealers for repairs.

"Any authorized Toyota dealer will inspect the power window master switch and apply a specialized grease or replace specific component if deemed necessary, free of charge," he said.

Gutierrez said the affected vehicles were imported mostly from Thailand.

The voluntary move is the biggest single recall since Ford pulled 8 million vehicles off the road in 1996 to replace defective ignition switches that could have caused engine fires.

"The process to repair (the power window switch) is not an extensive one," spokeswoman Monika Saito said, adding that it would involve putting heat-resistant grease on the switches, or exchanging them.

Toyota declined to say how much the recall would cost, or what impact it may have on future earnings. - With Reuters