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Toyota voluntarily recalling 10,000 cars for faulty wiper switch

Toyota voluntarily recalling 10,000 cars for faulty wiper switch
This Toyota Camry is among the 800,000 Camry, Avalon and Venza models that the automaker is recalling to fix an air bag problem. (Toyota)

Toyota announced Thursday that it was voluntarily recalling about 10,000 new cars to fix a faulty windshield wiper switch.

The recall affects the 2013 and 2014 Camry and Camry Hybrid, the 2013 Avalon and Avalon Hybrid, and the 2014 Corolla. Due to a manufacturing flaw, the switch could short out, causing the wipers to stop working, Toyota said in a statement.

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The issue was noticed by Toyota technicians during a routine inspection, said Toyota spokeswoman Cindy Knight. No accidents or injuries have been reported as a result of this defect, Knight said.

Owners of affected vehicles will be notified by mail and can take their vehicle to a Toyota dealer where a replacement switch will be installed.

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Toyota is just one of a handful of automakers who are continuing to announce recalls during the government shutdown. Traditionally, vehicle recalls fall under the purview of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which is part of the Department of Transportation.

But the federal shutdown means less than half of the NHTSA's employees are still working, and the government itself is not announcing recalls or investigating or soliciting consumer complaints.

Toyota, General Motors, and Chrysler have all voluntarily announced vehicle recalls since the Oct. 1 shutdown.

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