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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]
424Comments
Jan 30, 2013 9:53AM
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i have a 1998 toyota corolla had it for 3 years now i love it! its never given me any problems at all whatsover!! its the most reliable car ive even owned!!
Jan 30, 2013 9:53AM
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ITS FUNNY HOW YOU CAN ALWAYS EXPECT TO FIND ANY FOREIGN IMPORT PRODUCTS ON A HEADLINE NEWS PAPER BUT WHEN IT COMES TO OUR OWN GM, FORD AND CHEVY YOU WOULD FIND THE SAME PROPBLEM BUT NEVER IN THE HEADLINES. JUST GOOGLE ANY CAR AND IT WOULD BRING UP HUNDREDS OF PROBLEMS JUAST AS ANY OTHER MANUFACTURERS.

 

THE WONDERFUL WORLD WE LIVE IN! YOU ASKED FOR IT YOU GOT IT! :) 

Jan 30, 2013 9:52AM
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Here are the facts for 2012. Check NHTSA for yourself.

Manufacturer  # of Recalls # of Vehicles Recalled

TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING & MANUFACTURING

12

5,330,643

HONDA (AMERICAN HONDA MOTOR CO.)

16 3,363,343

GENERAL MOTORS LLC 

17

1,476,319

FORD MOTOR COMPANY

24

1,398,837

CHRYSLER GROUP LLC  13 1,334,541
Jan 30, 2013 9:52AM
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The Corolla is nothing more than a "toy" ota anyway, in no way does it compare to the Chevy Cruze which is a great "automobile.  I wish I never had drank the Japanese Kool Aid.  I could not be happier after having traded my Corolla in for a Cruze and I have convinced 2 freiends to do the same who are also Chevy believers.  So if this comment changes some more minds the USA may be back on track.  Doing my part....
Jan 30, 2013 9:51AM
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Which car dealer do you work for? You would not accept a broken product from your retailer, why defend the manufacture who makes a product more dangerous than any hand gun? We place our most loved and important to us in these vehicles. The race to the bottom is live and well.
Jan 30, 2013 9:47AM
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Seams like the exception is the car which was not recalled? Are we the testers for the automakers? Where is the quality in design? Just how much more profit was made on these cars by using products which now are proven to be sub-standard and not up to the task needed? Makes those use vehicles sound better and better?
Jan 30, 2013 9:45AM
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you all dont have a clue hell if they'd and i mean all auto manufacturer's quit trying to put all this junk in the damn cars less people would die and you'd have less issue's i won't buy any vehicle made after 1989 cuz there all a f-ing joke
Jan 30, 2013 9:44AM
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Lots of negative comments from all these american car owners...open your eyes and accept the reality:  GM and Dodge both filed bankruptcy, so don't hate because the Japanese makes better cars then American.   Learn something you arrogant American people!!
Jan 30, 2013 9:43AM
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"After many years of out quality controlling the US automakers, Toyota is losing ground fast."

Specifically what years are you referring to?

I know the whole decade of the 80's was a bad year for domestics, but the ricers of that era were not much better. 

In the 90's ricers began to dominate the market, and automakers were able to manipulate data to say "more of our vehicles are still on the road" (only because the lower cost made them more attractive, and cheap cars had cheap parts so it wasn't that they had less break downs, it was that when they broke down, parts were replaced with new cheap parts,  When domestics broke down, used parts were typically installed, or the car was scrapped.

 

China has horrible "quality control" yet they are in front of us in manufacturing.

Jan 30, 2013 9:42AM
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mrfixital I guess you did not follow the end of the toyota acceleration problem. Well It wasn't the car it was the drivers a trying to get money from toyota. This all started when chevrolet was losing its but in the market and the fed jumped in had a big hupla about it hoping the sales of toyota would go down and the sales of government motors would go up. Well look at how many cars have been recalled by government motors. If you cant compete stop whinning. As if us manufacturers havent had recalls.

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