The largest recall in the history of the Toyota Motor Corporation has seen more than seven million vehicles recalled throughout the world. The cause? A faulty window switch that can feel sticky, and if lubricated by the owner, could cause fires. As if Toyota has not had enough problems in the last year, with the terrible natural disasters that struck their part of the world and caused major declines in Toyota production and sales, not to mention other large recalls. Many people tried some do-it-yourself auto repair on their window switches and then reported fires. It is not certain that the issue was pre or post manufacturing, but one thing is for sure: seven million is a lot of recalled vehicles.
Other recent Toyota recalls have included sticky gas pedals, faulty brake lights, and malfunctioning airbags, just to name a few. Although many have speculated that these continuous recalls from the world’s most valuable car brand will give the company a permanent black eye, it has yet to be seen. Toyota is still one of the leading sellers of vehicles in the United States and around the world and doesn’t seem to be slowing down. The Camry is the best-selling car in America, the Prius is leading the way for hybrid technology, and the Sienna is one of the market leaders in the minivan segment. It seems as if Toyota can do no wrong.
Obviously many people thought this recent issue would just be a matter of a simple car repair, but recently, no problems have been simple for Toyota. Many recalls have affected both new and used car values to the point where some may stay away from the Toyota brand, but the masses continue to remain loyal to one of the most dominant automotive companies in the world.