Toyota Motor Corp will recall a total of 690,000 units of its four passenger car models produced in China due to problems with an electric window switch, company officials said on Monday.
It will be the largest ever auto recall in China, local media has reported. Toyota will start replacing the problem parts on Tuesday free of charge.
The affected autos are Camry, Corolla, Yaris and Vios cars manufactured by a local joint venture with Toyota from May 2006 to the end of 2008, the officials said.
Some owners of the Toyota cars in question reported glitches when opening and closing the window on the driver's side. Toyota subsequently found that the parts inside the window switches could cause part of the interior furnishing to melt, produce smoke or even catch fire.
The latest discovery of faulty car parts comes on the heels of a recall of about 260,000 Chinese-made Camries in April when the model's brakes were found to be at risk of malfunctioning.