Toyota recalls 5,300 cars to fix power window problem

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The Vietnam Competition Authority said Tuesday (October 16) it has been informed by Toyota Motor Vietnam that the company will recall 5,299 vehicles to fix a power window problem that poses a potential fire threat.

The recall notice comes after Toyota announced October 10 that it would recall 2.5 million cars and trucks in the US and 7.4 million vehicles worldwide to fix power window switches that can stick, smoke, and potentially cause a fire.

The recall in Vietnam will involve 1,489 Corolla Altis's manufactured between July and December 2008 and 3,810 Vios's made between September 2007 and December 2008.

Toyota said in its announcement that the driver's side power window switch in these cars could feel "notchy" or sticky during operation.

The problem was caused by an uneven application of grease during the switch assembly process, and if commonly available lubricants are used to fix the problem, a fire could result under certain circumstances.

The recall is expected to start on October 17.

People can take their cars to Toyota agents and service centers nationwide for free check and repair. Toyota will check the power window switches and pump specialized grease into the switches, and replace faulty electric circuit boards inside them.

The problem does not pose any safety or security risk or lead to engine malfunction, it added.

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