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Toyota Recalls 1 Million Corollas, Lexus Vehicles

Agnus Dei Farrant |
January 30, 2013 | 2:26 p.m. PST

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Toyota said Wednesday it is recalling more than 1 million vehicles sold in the United States over faulty airbags and windshield wipers.

The recall includes about 752,000 Corolla and Corolla Matrix cars affected by airbag control issues and sold in 2003 and 2004. According to CNN, the windshield wiper issue affects about 270,000 Lexus IS models sold between 2006 and early 2012. 

According to Toyota, the airbag control module in the Corolla and Matrix could have been manufactured with faulty circuits. These circuits could experience a short, causing a buildup of heat or the front airbags or seat belt pretensioners to deploy when there hasn’t been a crash.

The Lexus windshield wiper issue involves a wiper arm nut that may not have been sufficiently tightened, causing the wipers to not work especially if put under weight pressure like snow.

From USA Today:

Toyota's reputation for top quality was undermined in the past few years by massive recalls for a spate of problems, including bad brakes, gas pedals and floor mats, mostly in the U.S. Still, earlier this week, Toyota released its tally for global vehicle sales last year at a record 9.75 million vehicles, regaining its spot as the world's No. 1 automaker from U.S. rival General Motors.

Owners of the affected models will receive a letter telling them to bring their cars into Toyota or Lexus dealers for repairs.


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