Japanese auto-heavyweight Toyota has recalled approximately 490,000 vehicles sold in the Middle East over safety issues in the power master window switch, the online website, Arabian Business, reported on Thursday.
Saudi Arabia and the UAE have recalled almost half of the Middle East total figure of around 235,000 vehicles, Al-Watan News reported.
Globally, Toyota is recalling 7.43 million cars over the same safety issue of faulty power window switches that are a potential fire hazard. The problem is affecting more than a dozen of models produced between 2005-2010.
“Following communication with Toyota Motor Corporation, we have begun a customer service campaign on the power master window switch on some vehicles in the Toyota range,” said Simon Frith, managing director of Al-Futtaim, the UAE distributor of the brand, in a statement on Wednesday.
“We will commence a service campaign from October 10, 2012 and contact our customers directly for an appointment at our service centers. All vehicles will require a 45-minute inspection. Should any lubricant be required to be applied, the team will apply correct lubricants to the PWMS,” Frith added.
The technical fault comes at a bad time for Japan’s biggest automotive maker as it has been trying to fix its reputation after a series of massive recalls of 14 million cars over recent years.
It recalled 7.7 million vehicles across the world in 2009 and 2010 to fix faults in the vehicles’ floor mats.