Toyota had some warning of recall issues four years ago
Toyota dropped the case in that instance, but continued to monitor the switches. Similar reports flared up once again in 2010, this time with the components actually smoking, and Toyota launched a full-fledged internal investigation that eventually led to the recent recall. The campaign covers nearly 2.5 million vehicles in the US alone.
Why did it take Toyota so long to launch the recall? The company says it was trying to discern why the switches were failing before it issued a fix.
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