Toyota, Scion to recall more than 12,000 cars in Hawaii

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - More than 12,000 Toyota and Scion vehicles that were sold in Hawaii are being voluntarily recalled due to a problem with the power window switches on the driver's side, an issue that has resulted in the largest global recall ever by the Japanese auto maker.

The recall affects 11,527 Toyota vehicles and 1,234 Scion vehicles sold in Hawaii that were built between 2007 and 2009 and include the following models, according to Toyota Hawaii:

• 2007 to 2008 Yaris
• 2007 to 2009 RAV4
• 2007 to 2009 Tundra
• 2007 to 2009 Camry
• 2007 to 2009 Camry Hybrid
• 2008 to 2009 Sequoia
• 2008 Highlander
• 2008 Highlander Hybrid
• 2009 Corolla
• 2009 Matrix
• 2008 to 2009 Scion xD
• 2008 to 2009 Scion xB

The recall reportedly applies to 7.43 million cars around the world.

Toyota Hawaii says the Power Window Master Switch on the driver's side of the cars can become "notchy" or "sticky" during use, and inspectors will apply a special fluorine grease to recalled vehicles in an effort solve the problem.

If commercial lubricants are used, melting of the switch can occur, and under certain circumstances the switch can smoke or light on fire.

According to Toyota Hawaii, owners of the vehicles covered by the recall will receive a letter in the mail beginning in late October, advising them to make an appointment with their nearest Toyota Hawaii Service Center to have the remedy performed at no charge.

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