Toyota Recalls 80,000 Yaris Due to Fire Risk

After confirming its largest recall ever - 3.8 million cars are recalled in the US after discovering that a loose floor mat could interfere with the throttle pedal - Japanese manufacturer Toyota is now recalling over 80,000 Yaris in the domestic market- locally sold as Vitz - due to a faulty window switch. writes that the defective switch could a fire and approximately 82,000 cars manufactured in 2005 between January and August have already been recalled. One such an incident has been reported last year but there were no casualties, the aforementioned source noted.

Meanwhile, Toyota is working with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to issue a recall on the 3.8 million cars, a recall that has already led to the death of five people after the loose floor mats blocked the accelerator pedal.

“We have reviewed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration what we’re calling a semipermanent floor mat installation process, and we’re providing these instructions to our dealers,”
Brian Lyons, Toyota spokesman was quoted as saying by Autonews. "This allows dealers to continue selling and delivering both new and used vehicles. I would expect that all dealers have that information and have started making the modifications.”

The vehicles involved in this massive recall are 2007-2010 Camry, 2005-2010 Avalon, 2004-2009 Prius, 2005-2010 Tacoma and 2007-2010 Tundras. Lexus, the carmaker's luxury division, has to recall 2007-2010 ES 350, 2006-2010 IS 250 IS 350.

The Japanese manufacturer is believed to spend $440 million to also fix the throttle pedal of the models affected by the recall, company sources said in a statement.
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