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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 8:23AM
give me AMERICAN,FORD,GENERAL MOTORS,MOPAR, but only build them in the US for the US,with all parts made in the US,with money that only comes from the us that was printed in the US,by the people born and raised in the US, we are america!!!!! it's time to get it right................
Jan 30, 2013 8:23AM
Even the best sometimes error.  Nobody or nothing on pedestals in this imperfect world.
Jan 30, 2013 8:23AM
In the last 4 years, Toyota and Honda have led all recalls by manufacturer.  In the last 4 years, Ford has had the top model for initial quality in the Fusion.  These two fact just go to show, what WAS great, has fallen, and what had fallen has picked itself up again.  BUY AMERICAN!
Jan 30, 2013 8:22AM

And yet, there are still some people ( sheeple ) that sing the praises of Toy's.

You couldn't pay me enough money to drive one of those sushi cans.

I'm sticking with my safe and reliable Chrysler products.

Jan 30, 2013 8:19AM

The more compliated autos become the more chances for problems from all manufacturers. I was a GM owner until 14 years ago and tried Toyotas, won't go back. Camry was the 1st purchase and drove it 198K without any major problems but routine upkeep is essential in all vehicles.

Any mfg that does what they should on problems is a good company.

Jan 30, 2013 8:17AM
Toyota Sucks!  I bought a brand new 2009 Matrix.  The paint job was horrible, dull, full of swirls and scratches.  They said it was my fault, I must have gone trough a drive-through car wash, which I didn't.  They agreed to buff out the scratches & swirls.  Didn't do much good it was still dull.  Then at 22,000 miles the clutch went out.  I was accused of not knowing how to drive a standard or I was riding the clutch.  I've driven with a stick since 1968, I've never worn out a clutch.  I was able to get it covered under warranty only after they took it out and found that it was mechanical failure of the clutch.  Then after that the Charcoal canister went out, had to replace that, then after that the emissions went out.  In the mean time I was getting recall notices, one for accellerator pedal (we all remember this one right?) then another one for the mats!?  When I was dealing with the clutch issue the service manager told me I hadn't dealt with the latest recall issue, I told him I wasn't worried about the darn mats, that the recall was for.  He informed me and basically said the mat recall was not true, it was still the accellerator issue, so basically the Company lied to how many people?  The last time the "service engine" light popped on and I took it into the dealership, the service manager saw me walk through the door and rolled his eyes.  I traded that Toyota in for a Honda and I am sooooo happy with it I could do cartwheels.  I will never, ever buy a Toyota or darken the door of a Toyota dealership.
Jan 30, 2013 8:16AM

There seems to be a trend for all makers to get ahead of potential problems instead of behind the 8 ball in court. Toyota learned that the hard way with the accelerator issue. I agree with 'Someone's' post. I'd rather they they fix potential defects than cover them up. I'd say that for all cars.

Jan 30, 2013 8:11AM
A sad episode for a once invincible brand. The big three spent so many years ignoring the quality issue and they deserved the sound thrashing they got, but things have changed. Consumers Union relies on reportings from member ownership which still remains subjsective and often wrong. I have gotten similar reliabilitry from other products, including domestically made automobiles. Many will be hard pressed to give up their Toyotas, but they should consider different products. Our Family put wel over three hundred thousand miles on a Mercury Sable station wagon, which to th ebest of my knowledge and belief is STILL RUNNING.
Jan 30, 2013 8:10AM
all these negitve comments about toyota. give me a break. my entire family has owned toyota for more than 20 years. they have the best and most reliable product hands down. so they have been having some minor recall issuse. the bottom line is most american products suck big time. most people who have negitive things to say cant afford them anyway. they hold their vaule and get mega miles and unbeatable mpg. i work for a mazda vw dealer and see hundreds of used cars every month. the car and trucks that hold together the longest that are worth any bodys money are toyotas, mazda and hondas. period
Jan 30, 2013 8:10AM
this is what happens when you place quantity over quality. Looks like toyota is the next GM. If you want a good japanese car, get a Honda.
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