2/4/2013 - Toyota recalls 1 million vehicles
One of the world's leading automakers has been beset by another safety issue, this one involving airbags and windshield wipers.
Japanese carmaker Toyota has issued a recall on more than 1 million of its automobiles, all of which are sold in the United States, due to mechanical flaws that are crucial to safety. They involve approximately 752,000 Corollas and 270,000 Corolla Matrix, both of which have 2003-04 model years, and have problems that pertain to the proper deployment of airbags should someone be involved in an accident.
"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," Toyota said in a released statement. "These ASICS could experience an internal short that creates abnormal current flow and increased heat."
But Toyota's luxury model, the Lexus, also has safety problems. The company says that approximately 270,000 Lexus IS that were built in 2006 need to be recalled as well due to the windshield wiper blades not being installed appropriately.
"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 company stated.
If motorists believe they have a vehicle that could be compromised, they are encouraged to visit www.toyota.com/recall or contact the Toyota Customer Experience Center at 1-800-331-4331. Lexus customers can visit www.lexus.com/recall or contact Lexus Customer Satisfaction at 1-800-255-3987.
Drivers may also want to check the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's website, safercar.gov, which has the latest information on recalls and how consumers affected should proceed.