Toyota, one of the largest auto makers in the world, has announced a recall on more than 2.5 million vehicles over a potential defect that may lead to vehicle fires.

Announced through their own press release on Wednesday, the recall, which is voluntary at this point, covers Toyota’s Yaris, Tundra, Camry, Camry Hybrid, Highlander, Highlander Hybrid, Sequoia, Corolla, and Matrix models built between 2007 and 2009, as well as the 2008 to 2009 Scion xD and xA.

The defect in question is the driver’s side power window master switch, which has the potential to develop a “sticky or notchy” feel during regular use, which can cause the factory-applied grease to carbonize and deteriorate. This deterioration can lead to smoke and in some cases fires.

To date more than 200 incidents have been reported as a result of this faulty window switch, though no serious accidents or injuries have resulted.

Toyota will begin notifying owners of this recall later in the month, at which time they will allow a remedy to the issue at no charge. Certified technicians will inspect, disassemble, and apply a special lubrication, fluorine grease, to the switch to prevent undue “notchiness”. The process for repair is expected to take no longer than an hour.

At this time the recall covers only those models built in the United States. Owners with questions or concerns about the recall are encouraged to visit Toyota’s website or call their Customer Experience Center toll free at any time.

Although this recall is classified as voluntary, if you are an owner of one of these vehicles, you should seek the remedy to the defect as soon as possible. Driving with a known defect not only exposes you to unnecessary danger, but it can also severely limit your ability to take legal action in the event of an accident.

Car makers have the legal responsibility to notify their customers about potential defects like this, and upon doing so, vehicle owners have the responsibility to respond. In the event of an accident causing injury as a result of a defective vehicle component which has been publically recalled, your ability to recover compensation to repair your damages is greatly reduced.

If you or someone you know has been hurt in a crash caused by a defective product that has not been recalled, you have the opportunity to take legal action with the help of an experienced Los Angeles car accident lawyer.

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