TIMELINE-Major global recalls in the auto industry

Oct 10 (Reuters) - Toyota Motor Corp said it wouldrecall more than 7.4 million vehicles worldwide as a faultypower window switch was a potential fire hazard, the latest in aseries of setbacks for Japan's biggest automaker.

Toyota has battled its way back from multiple difficultiessince 2008, including a series of recalls involving more than 10million of its vehicles in 2009-11, and supply chains crippledby the tsunami in Japan and floods in Thailand.

Below are details of some other recent major recalls.

March 2012 - BMW says it is recalling about 1.3million cars for repair worldwide due to a possible problem witha battery cable cover in the trunk. The recall affects 5- and6-Series BMWs built between 2003 and 2010.

September 2011 - Honda says it will recall about960,000 Fit subcompacts and other models globally to repairdefects including malfunctioning power window switches.

May 2011 - Honda expands earlier recalls of Honda and Acuravehicles over airbags that could deploy with too much pressure,causing injuries or fatalities, adding more than 833,000vehicles from model years 2001-2003. This is the fourth timeHonda has widened its airbag recall, first announced in 2008.The number of vehicles affected is now 1.65 million.

January 2011 - Toyota says it will recall more than 1.7million vehicles worldwide, bringing its total for recalls tonearly 16 million since late 2009 and dealing a blow to itsefforts to restore its reputation for quality.

October 2010 - Toyota will recall a total of about 1.66million vehicles, mostly in Japan, the United States and China,for problems involving brakes and fuel pumps.

October 2010 - BMW voluntarily recalls 350,000 carsworldwide due to possible brake problems. The problem affectsbrand 5, 6 and 7 Series models built since 2002.

August 2010 - Toyota recalls 1.3 million Corolla and Matrixcars from 2005-2008 model years in the United States and Canada.

June 2010 - GM announces the recall of 1.5 milliontrucks, crossovers and cars from model years 2006-2009 as theunit that heats the windshield washer fluid could catch fire.

March 2010 - GM says it is recalling 1.3 million compactcars covering the 2005-2010 model year Chevrolet Cobalt and2007-2010 Pontiac G5 in the U.S.; the 2005-2006 Pontiac Pursuitsold in Canada; and the 2005-2006 Pontiac G4 sold in Mexico.

January 2010 - Toyota issues a series of recalls covering5.6 million vehicles in the United States due to suddenacceleration in some vehicles.

(Reporting by David Cutler, London Editorial Reference Unit;Editing by Helen Massy-Beresford)