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.
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.
Troy S. what your saying despite the numerous recalls, lackluster design and terminal performance there are those that continue to buy such vehicles from Toyota. Did I forget to mention poor ride quality (in your own words)....no further questions your honor
It is interesting to note that I bought the Sable because my beloved late wife wanted a station wagon (not an SUV or minivan) and I dreaded buyibg a Volvo (a bad experience some years before). This led to years of Ford products that poved to be durable and excellent in terms of frequency of repair.The problem with Consumer Reports is that they rely on data from their subscribership and this can be subjective and improper testing techniques. An example of this is the circumstance involving the Simmons Beautyrest Royalty in the late 1980's. This product was the top rated mattress product in their tests (which did not involve any torsioning or turning of the product). Their "punishing test" involved an up and down pounding of the product with an impression machine rated at I believe two hundred twenty-five pounds. This is a standard test and the product passed with flying colors. The test however, did nothing to uncover a glaring weakness in the the product's manufacture when a simple flipping of the product would have saved customers the unfortunate experience of purchasing an inherently defective sleeping surface endorsed by Consumers' Union (By the way, I consider myself something of an expert in this field and not without justification).
Getting back to cars... ...I was merely attempting to point out that many domestic products have come a long way. There was a point in time when arrogance, planned obsolesence, and poor manufacturing created an opportunity for foreign manufacturers, most notably the Japanese, to take advantage of a sloppy, inwardly directed industry here in the United States. Things have changed however, and I honestly believe it is fairly easy to purchase an Amercian made automobile from an American manufacturer that is every bit as good if not better than anything made anywhere in the world.
Troy S said.... "I took the door panel off and found a loose BEER CAN inside the door panel with the words "You finally found me" written on it" .....I`m calling this bulls**t, you really think someone is going to believe that Troy S?
As far as people who have money invested in foreign made products, nobody said that we didn't, what I`m saying is that given the choice of buying American or from a foreign company I`m buying American, and I`ll do my homework as far as it`s origin to support this choise, confident that it is world class in design, innovation and assembly. Making sense to you yet, hope so, because it may have been a family member or maybe your next door neighbour who had a hand in building one of my American vehicles.
I own a two Dodges, a GMC and two Chevys, all of which have a very high American percentage of content (parts) and all assembled here in the US. As an American I am proud of this and our American auto heritage that dates back over 100 years.
Disagree, then we'll ship your job to another country, based on you and your friends comments, somebody could do your job better in a foreign country anyway..... by-the-way, you said "while driving on the British Motorway", where are you from?
Three Lexus 1990, 2002, 2007, no recalls, no warrenty used, no problems.
Speaks for itself!
Love how people are comparing recalls between manufacturers.
How many of you are ACTUALLY IN THE MECHANICAL FIELD? 25 percent? 30? Maybe. If you are NOT, you should NOT be commenting on this. There are different recalls involving everything from trim, to bolts, shrouds, weatherstrips, etc. Many recalls are NOT serious, they are trivial. But yes, some are important, and need to be done asap. ALL manufacturers have their issues, period. Ford (according to this left sided board) may or may not have the MOST recalls, I haven't had time to check it out. But I CAN tell you, that many of Ford's "recalls", are due NOT to poor assembly, but due to poor materials or components. This all goes back to the GM and Dodge bailouts. When they were bailed out with OUR tax money, that money went directly into GM and Chrysler's accounts. Their bankruptcy dissolved the responsibility of billions of debt to their VENDORS, who many went out of business thanks to the bailout/bankruptcies. Think. What happened to these vendors that got NO BAILOUTS? That's right, they just closed their doors, and went out of business, putting more on the unemployment tit. This meant that EVERYTHING from processors, trim panels, to other raw materials, their quality went down, seeing that demand went drastically UP. After this, Ford and other manufacturers went scrambling for the surviving suppliers. Unfortunately, Ford, Toyota and other now are left to deal with low quality materials, thanks to GM and Chrysler's welching.
So when all of you Ford, Toyota and other belly-aching bashers attack every other manuf. except for the welchers, maybe you should do your research FIRST.
A dis-satisfied customer and voter...
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