Toyota Recall to 1 Million Vehicles for Defective Airbags and Faulty Wipers
Toyota is recalling more than 1 million vehicles due to defective airbags and faulty windshield wipers.
The Toyota recall involves about 752,000 Corolla and Corolla Matrix cars sold in 2003 and 2004. According to Toyota, a control module is susceptible to short-circuiting. If that happens, it could cause their airbags and front seat pre-tensioners to inadvertently deploy.
Toyota said in a statement about the Corolla recall, that there is a possibility that the front airbags and/or seat pre-tensioners could inadvertently deploy.
"The airbag control module for the supplemental restraint system in the Corolla and Corolla Matrix vehicles could have been manufactured with application-specific integrated circuits that are susceptible to internal shorting," said Toyota. "These ASICS could experience an internal short that creates abnormal current flow and increased heat. If this occurs, there is a possibility that the ASIC could become damaged. In some instances, the front airbags and/or seat belt pretensioners could inadvertently deploy."
Toyota is also recalling 270,000 Lexus IS vehicles sold in 2006 through 2012 for a windshield wiper problem.
They say a loose nut could cause the windshield wipers to fail. "The wiper arm nut might not be sufficiently tight," Toyota said. "If movement of the wipers is restricted by an external load, such as a buildup of heavy snow on the windshield, one or both of the wipers could become inoperative."
The combined Toyota vehicle recall is one of the largest in the auto industry this year.
This recall announcement comes during the same week Toyota confirmed it regained its title as 2012 world’s best-selling automotive manufacturer. With that said, Toyota also had more vehicles recalled than any other automaker operating in the U.S. last year. This is the third time it has captured that bad rep for recalls in four years.
Lexus will be sending letters to owners notifying them of the defect in the "near future" and giving them direction to return the vehicle to an authorized dealer for repair at no charge to the customer.
Owners of 2012 Lexus IS vehicles are urged to contact Lexus at Lexus Customer Satisfaction 1-800-255-3987 or go to the Lexus Recall website for more information and instructions.
Detailed information is available to customers at www.toyota.com/recall and the Toyota Customer Experience Center at 1-800-331-4331 or www.lexus.com/recall.