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Toyota recalls 300,000 cars in Australia for faulty power window switch

Toyota is voluntarily recalling 6.5 million cars globally because the power window switches might not have enough grease.

This will go down in automotive history as one of the weirdest automotive recalls of all time.

Japanese car giant Toyota is voluntarily recalling 6.5 million cars globally — including up to 300,000 in Australia — because the power window switches might not have enough grease in their operating mechanisms.

In other words, the power windows may not operate as smoothly as Toyota would like.

The recall affects certain Toyota Aurion, Camry, Corolla, Kluger, RAV4 and Yaris vehicles built between August 2005 and August 2006 and January 2009 and December 2010.

A statement from Toyota says: “If insufficient grease was applied, under certain conditions the switch may develop a short circuit that can cause the switch assembly to overheat and melt. In the worst case, a melting switch can produce smoke and potentially lead to a fire.”

Toyota says it is still assessing the impact on cars sold in the Australian market, however it is expected “less than 300,000” vehicles will be affected and “there have been no reported accidents or injuries in Australia”.

And not a single car has caught fire.

The latest Toyota recall follows a previous fix in October 2012 also relating to a power window switch.

But cars caught up in the previous campaign will not be impacted by this recall, the company says.