Steve Settle, a spokesman for Toyota, said he wanted to "apologise to our customers for the inconvenience and potential anxiety" the recall had caused. Around 138,000 cars have been recalled in Britain alone.
- Owners in the UK affected by the recall will receive a letter from the company within the next six weeks asking them to make an appointment with their nearest Toyota centre.
- The dealer will check the Power Window Master Switch. If it is operating properly it will be given a special, non-conducting lubrication. If there is is a problem it will be replaced with a new unit.
- The work should take no more than one hour and will be carried out free of charge.
Toyota said it will pull back 7.43 million cars worldwide in the biggest single recall since 1996 when Ford called back 8 million vehicles to replace defective ignition switches that could have caused engine fires.
Toyota has been trying to fix its reputation after a series of massive recalls of 14 million vehicles over several years. The recent recall will include:
- 2.47 million vehicles in the United States
- 1.40 million in China
- 1.39 million in Europe
- 650,000 in Australia and Asia
- 490,000 in the Near and Middle East
- 240,000 in Canada
- 330,000 elsewhere