Excess Lube Leads to Toyota Recall


Risk of excessive lubricant short circuiting drivers side electric window master switch control modules has prompted two Toyota joint ventures in China to recall more than 688,000 vehicles manufactured between 2006 and 2008.

Toyota Motor Corp. in announcements Monday said it is recalling 688,314 cars in China because of the possibility of the switch control modules short circuiting and in rare cases melting due to excessive lubricant applied during manufacturing. Some online translations of the Chinese recall notices indicate the lubricant was a type of grease.

Guangzhou Toyota Automobile, a joint venture between Toyota and Chinas Guangzhou Auto, will recall 384,736 Camries produced from May 15, 2006, to Dec. 31, 2008; and 22,767 Yarvises produced from May 15, 2008 to Dec. 31, 2008.

Tianjin FAW Toyota Automobile, a joint venture between Toyota and Chinas FWA Group, said it will recall 35,523 Vioses produced from Feb. 18, 2008, to December 25, 2008; and 254,288 Corollas produced from May 17, 2007, to Dec. 25, 2008.

The two Toyota joint ventures will contact owners of the affected vehicles, conduct checks and replace defective parts without charge to eliminate potential safety problems, according to an Aug. 23 notice by Chinas General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine.

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