Derby-made Toyota models among those to be recalled

Faulty power-window switch may stop working in more than a dozen models produced between 2005 and 2010. Credit: PA

Toyota is recalling 7.43 million vehicles across the globe, over a faulty power-window switch that may stop working in more than a dozen models produced between 2005 and 2010.

Among those recalled will be the Avensis and the Auris and Auris hybrid models, produced at the Derbyshire factory which employs several thousand workers.

The recall announced today comes as European sales figures show more positive news.

In the third quarter of this year Toyota Motor Europe (TME) sold 206,643 vehicles, a rise of 13% on the same period last year. It means for the year so far sales are up 6% compared to 2011, with 607,294 cars sold in the last nine months, including Toyota and Lexus models.

Of the Derbyshire made models, in the third quarter of 2012 the company sold 20,059 Auris vehicles, of which 5,136 were the Auris Hybrid, and 12,200 of the Avensis.

For 9 months to date so far it has sold 64,768 Auris vehicles in total, of which 19,076 were the Hybrid model, and 48,667 Avensis vehicles.

Toyota recently unveiled a new generation of Auris model at the Paris motor show, which will start production at Burnaston next month.

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