TOKYO (AP) -- Toyota Motor Corp. will recall more than 82,220 Vitz compact cars in Japan due to a faulty window switch, the transport ministry said Wednesday.
The defective window switch could short out due to excessive lubrication, possibly causing it to catch fire, said ministry official Kazumi Furukawa.
The ministry has recorded 32 malfunction cases, including one fire, due to faulty window switches in the Vitz since 2007. No one was injured in the fire.
The recall in Japan will begin Thursday, Furukawa said. When a car maker wants to recall vehicles in Japan, it must inform the transport ministry of the plan.
Toyota's Vitz subcompact, which is marketed overseas as the Yaris, is one of Japan's top-selling cars.
The world's No. 1 automaker announced last month it would recall some 3.8 million vehicles in the United States -- Toyota's biggest recall there -- after four people were killed in August in a high-speed crash suspected of being caused by a floor mat jamming an accelerator.