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Toyota Camry, RAV4 Can Get Dangerously Hot!

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Toyota has launched a recall involving the Camry, RAV4 and several other models after they discovered a fire hazard with the power window component.

In detail, the hot-selling Camry and RAV4’s power window module was not greased during production. This can cause a short circuit to happen and it can lead to a fire.

There have already been a number of reports made by Camry and RAV4 drivers about how their hands got burned when being rested on the driver-side armrest where the power window switches are located. In one bizarre report, the driver quoted that his Camry’s driver-side window melted due to the broken power window module.

Hence, Toyota has urged owners of the 2007-2009 Camry and Camry Hybrid, 2009-2011 Highlander and Highland hybrid, 2009-2011 Matrix, Tundra, Scion XB, Sequoia, 2006-2011 RAV4, 2006-2011 Yaris as well as the 2009-2010 Scion XD to comply with the recall order effective immediately.

3 Comments

  1. Don Watt

    December 29, 2015 at 10:29 pm

    Just so we all can understand. The window switch can become notchy and stick after a lot of use over the years. Some customers who like to tinker spray in flammable lubrication products. What Toyota is doing is properly lubricating the switch and applying tamper proof screws to keep people out of the switch. Oh and if the switch is still sticky after PROPER lubrication, Toyota will replace it at no charge to you.

  2. Harold Brown

    December 30, 2015 at 3:31 am

    The 2010 Rav4 is an example of poor design. My disabled wife, one and one half year old grandson and me were in an accident on Aug. 29,2011. I saw the other car going thru the stop sign and “made a hard left to avoid the other car from hitting my grandson’s side of the Rav4. The other car hit us at the right ,front bumper but NO AIR BAGS DEPLOYED! Toyota told me that I had to have a “more direct, frontal hit for the air bags to deploy. In Jan.2012,we filed a formal complaint with NHTSA and we are still waiting to hear from them. Even though Toyota made an April 2014 press release saying that if a driver of a 22010 Rav4 makes a turn during an accident the driver’s spiral air bag cable “could be damaged and NOT DEPLOY”. That’s what happened to us! Does Toyota care? No! NHTSA has the pictures and the reports of our three+ years of doctor visits and treatment for our injuries. Shame that Toyota is allowed to design cars with so many flaws. Their are time bombs on the road and no one cares. Shame on NHTSA and shame on Toyota. On mu wife’s and my tombstones will be written “unless you want to join us–don’t buy a Toyota!

    • Rav4 owner

      December 30, 2015 at 6:16 am

      Did anyone’s head impact the steering wheel, A-pillar, windshield, or side glass? If not, there is absolutely no need for the airbags to activate. Airbags are not supposed to go off in every single collision… only collisions in which they will protect the driver from hitting something inside the vehicle.

      Have you ever had an airbag go off? I was hit by a driver that came across center and he basically came in at a 45 degree angle through my front driver side wheel. The side curtain airbag went but the steering wheel bag did not. My left ear hit the airbag in the collision but my didn’t come close to hitting the steering wheel. Hence, the vehicle worked properly and fired only the necessary airbag. Both cars were going around 45mph, so that is a pretty violent collision.

      Airbags themselves are activated by a violent explosion. It isn’t like you are landing your face on a soft pillow.