Due to manufacturing defects, Toyota has recalled 907,000 vehicles, mostly Corolla models, for faulty air bags and another 385,000 Lexus IS luxury cars for defective wipers, the AJC reports.
Two crashes in the U.S. related to the air bag problem were reported, but Toyota has not been able to confirm them. Toyota has confirmed 18 cases in U.S. of abrasion-type injuries from faulty air bags.
The Japanese automaker has received 46 reports of problems involving air bags from North America, one from Japan, and 25 reports of windshield-related defects.
Approximately 752,000 Corolla and Corolla Matrix cars in the U.S. and thousands of similar models in Japan, Mexico, and Canada that were manufactured between December 2001 and May 2004 are being recalled due to air bags that may inflate improperly.
The air bags inadvertently inflate when the vehicle’s electronic signals damage a chip in the part that controls the air bags, Toyota Spokesman Naoto Fuse said. Under the recall, Toyota will correct the part to be able to block such signals.
The defective wipers, which can get stuck if there is heavy snowfall, affect three different Lexus IS models, manufactured from May 2005 to October 2011, including 27,000 vehicles in the U.S.
Last month, Toyota agreed to pay more than $1 billion in the U.S. to settle lawsuits due to recalls.
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