Toyota Recalls 1 Million Vehicles, Including 2003-'04 Toyota Corolla


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    Toyota is recalling more than 1 million vehicles, including the 2003-'04 Toyota Corolla and Corolla Matrix. | January 30, 2013

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Just the Facts:
  • Toyota is recalling 752,000 2003-'04 Toyota Corolla and Corolla Matrix vehicles because of a faulty airbag control module and 270,000 2006-'12 Lexus IS vehicles for a windshield wiper problem.
  • The combined recall is one of the largest in the auto industry this year.
  • Toyota did not set a date for the recalls, but said owners will be notified by mail in the "near future."

TORRANCE, California — Toyota is recalling 752,000 2003-'04 Toyota Corolla and Corolla Matrix vehicles because of a faulty airbag control module and 270,000 2006-'12 Lexus IS vehicles for a windshield wiper problem in two separate recalls announced on Wednesday.

The combined recall is one of the largest in the auto industry this year.

Toyota did not set a date for the recalls, but said owners will be notified by mail in the "near future."

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which oversees vehicle recalls in the U.S., had not posted any information about the latest Toyota recalls on its Web site as of Wednesday morning.

With the Corolla recall, Toyota said in a statement that there is a possibility that the front airbags and/or seat pretensioners 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 seatbelt pretensioners could inadvertently deploy."

With the Lexus recall, Toyota said 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."

Toyota did not set a date for the recalls or explain how they will fix the cars. It said owners will be notified with further instructions in the "near future." In the meantime, owners can contact Toyota at 1-800-331-4331 or Lexus at 1-800-255-3987.

Edmunds says: With this pair of recalls, Toyota is likely waiting for parts.

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