Toyota recalls vehicles over potential window switch fault

Toyota has announced the recall of 138,000 RAV4, Yaris, Auris and Corolla models in the UK due to a potential fault with the vehicles’ electric window switches.

The electric window switch — Power Window Master Switch (PWMS) — controls the windows for the driver and passengers.

In a statement, Toyota said the PWMS — located in the driver’s door of certain RAV4, Auris and Yaris and Corolla models built between September 2006 and December 2008 — may feel uneven or ‘notchy’ when operated.

The company added that the switch is not designed to be lubricated with commercially available lubricants and that the application of these lubricants could lead to overheating and/or melting of the switch assembly.

All affected owners will be contacted by Toyota GB within the next six weeks and asked to make an appointment to bring their car to their nearest Toyota centre.

If the PWMS is operating properly it will be given a special, non-conducting lubrication; if the PWMS is notchy it will be replaced with a new unit.