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Recall: 752,000 Corolla models, 270,000 Lexus IS sedans

1.29 million Toyotas are affected worldwide; the 2003-2004 Corolla may deploy airbags inadvertently, and wipers on 2006-2012 Lexus IS models may fail.

By Exhaust Notes Jan 30, 2013 5:46AM
Toyota is recalling 752,000 Corolla and Matrix models and 270,000 Lexus IS sedans in the U.S., the company said Wednesday morning.

The U.S. recall represents about 79 percent of the 1.29 million vehicles recalled worldwide.

[UPDATE, 1/31: The 2003-2004 Pontiac Vibe is also included in this recall, as it shares nearly all of its parts with the Matrix. About 135,749 cars are affected. Owners can call General Motors at 1-800-521-7300.]

The airbag-control modules on 2003-2004 Corollas and Matrixes may short-circuit and become damaged, which could lead to the front airbags or the seatbelt pre-tensioners deploying without warning.

On 2006-2012 Lexus IS models, a nut that holds the wiper arm in place could loosen and detach, especially if there is a heavy snow or another "external load" in the wiper's path.

Toyota is sending owner letters in the mail "in the near future," which likely means that dealers will be repairing the affected models in late February. More information is available at Toyota's recall site or at 1-800-331-4331; IS owners can visit the Lexus recall site or call 1-800-255-3987.

On Monday, a Toyota distributor in Florida recalled 3,235 cars to recalibrate airbag sensors. In November, Toyota recalled 2.77 million cars worldwide for faulty steering and hybrid systems. In October, Toyota recalled 7.43 million cars for power-window switches that could catch fire, making it the largest global vehicle recall in 16 years.

[Source: Toyota]
Jan 30, 2013 6:37AM
Be concerned with those that may not advise what is wrong.  The more we treat these recalls as a black mark the less likely manufacturer's are willing to voluntarily step forward with problems. That is the bigger problem.  Toyota is to be commended for advising the owners about a potential problem.
Jan 30, 2013 6:58AM
Let's see - recall 10.2 million cars this year alone. Consumer Reports needs to wake up and smell the exhaust fumes.
Jan 30, 2013 6:32AM
Oh what a feeling. Guess American brands aren't as bad as everyone thinks
Jan 30, 2013 6:40AM

Yeah like they advised consumers about the acceleration problems. Commended? What a joke, only notified before being forced to.


Jan 30, 2013 6:47AM
Give me a brake Toyota has hidden these recalls for a s long as than, commend them NO way. They paid our politicians with plants in there state to keep a lid on the gas pedal recall, PLEASE don' give them ant credit
Jan 30, 2013 6:33AM

You asked for it, you got it, Toyoda!

Jan 30, 2013 6:37AM
Jan 30, 2013 6:40AM
After many years of out quality controlling the US automakers, Toyota is losing ground fast. Didn't they create the system of ready to go cars which they are not following anymore?
Jan 30, 2013 6:41AM
Jan 30, 2013 6:37AM
Toyota no. 1 in sales and no.1 in recalls..makes sense....are they becoming the GM of Nippon?
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