Toyota announces sprawling recall of 7.43 million vehicles

On Wednesday, top-notch Japanese automaker Toyota Motors announced the recall of 7.43 million vehicles, because of a faulty power-window switch which can lead to it overheating and even melting in extreme cases.

The sprawling recall affects over one dozen models from the models years of between 2005 and 2010, in a number of countries including US, Japan, Europe, Australia, Middle East, China and a few other Asian countries.

In North America alone, Toyota is recalling approximately 2.47 million vehicles, which include the Camry, Corolla, Highlander, Matrix, RAV4, Tundra, Yaris, Sequoia and Scion models xB and xD.

Nearly 460,000 vehicles are being recalled in Japan, with the models under-recall being the Auris, Belta, Ractis, Ist, Vitz, and Corolla Lumion; and the nearly 1.39 million vehicles being recalled in Europe include the affected models of Auris, Corolla, Camry, Rav-4, and Yaris.

The latest recall announced by Toyota comes at a time when the company is also trying to improve its repute, especially following a series of massive recalls of 14 million vehicles over the last few years.

Furthermore, to add to its recall woes, Toyota is also going through a declining sales phase in China, where potential customers are shunning Japanese brands owing to a territorial scuffle over islands claimed by China, Japan, and Taiwan.