“It’s not a case where motorists must stop driving and bring in their vehicle immediately,” Toyota SA spokesman Leo Kok said in Johannesburg.
“We are currently going through our database and running a check to match vehicle identity numbers, and should have a better idea of numbers later today.
“All affected vehicle owners will be contacted and there is definitely no cause for panic.”
Kok said any drivers who were not the original owners of the vehicle were also welcome to contact the call centre if they were concerned.
Worldwide, 7.4 million vehicles would be recalled for the incorrectly applied lubrication to the master switch on the driver’s door, which controls the electric windows.
“The main switch was not properly lubricated in the manufacturing process,” Kok explained.
“If the lubrication was not applied correctly it can carbonise and dry out. The fluorine grease which we will use to re-lubricate the switches is being flown in from overseas, as we speak.”
In the worst-case scenario, a switch could spark, which may cause some smoke, but it was more likely to malfunction or stick.
“We are viewing it as an international service campaign where owners can take their vehicles to their nearest dealer and sit and have a cup of coffee while the switch is either re-lubricated or, if damaged, replaced.”
There would be no cost to owners and warranties would not be affected. [Reuters]