Toyota announced a recall earlier today involving several of their vehicles, for potentially defective windshield wipers. The vehicles affected include:
2013 - 2014 Toyota Camry
2013 - 2014 Toyota Camry Hybrid
2013 Toyota Avalon
2013 Toyota Avalon Hybrid
All of these vehicles were extensively redesigned in the past couple of years, although the major powertrain components were carried over, due to the strengthening of the yen versus the American dollar, which has weaken their profit margins. In all, over 10,000 vehicles will be in the latest Toyota recall.
The issue has been traced back to the switch terminal contacts, which reside in the wiper switch assembly. These may not have been manufactured correctly, which could result in a short if the switch is moved from the "off" position to "mist" (generally used to clean the windshield while driving). This short in the system could cause the wipers to stop working altogether. Thus far, the Japanese automaker has not reported any accidents or injuries as a result of the defect.
The latest Toyota recall will have authorized technicians inspect and make any necessary repairs, all at no cost to registered owners. For further information, or to schedule a service appointment once the recall formally commences, owners can contact their local Toyota dealership.
Source: Chicago Tribune
Certain switch terminal contacts within the wiper switch assembly may have been manufactured incorrectly. As a result, a short could occur if the switch is moved from “off” to the “mist” setting, which could cause the wipers to stop working.