An unknown number of used import Toyota vehicles may be affected by a faulty window control switch.

Toyota has announced a recall of 21,145 vehicles purchased new here, but an unknown number of vehicles purchased as used imports may also be affected by the problem.

The problem centres around the vehicle’s Power Window Master Switch (a button on the driver's door that controls the electric windows for the driver and passengers), which may develop a sticky feel during operation and in some cases become inoperable.

Toyota says if a commercial lubricant were used to fix the problem, it could potentially cause the switch assembly to short circuit and melt.

The car company will contact all owners who purchased their vehicle new in New Zealand with instructions on where to get their vehicle inspected. The switch will be serviced with a specialised grease or, if required, replaced with a new switch.

Owners who purchased their vehicle as a used import should contact Toyota on 0800 869 682 to find out whether their vehicle is included in the recall.

The following vehicles are being recalled:

  • Toyota Camry, manufactured from March 2006 to April 2010
  • Toyota Corolla, manufactured from October 2006 to May 2010
  • Toyota Highlander, manufactured from February 2007 to April 2010
  • Toyota RAV4, manufactured from September 2006 to May 2010
  • Toyota Yaris, manufactured from February 2006 to April 2010