Toyota Recalls 1M Corolla, Lexus Models Over Airbags, Wipers
Toyota is recalling more than 1 million Corolla and Lexus sedans because of problems with airbags and windshield wipers.
It's the latest in a string of recent recalls for the world's largest automaker. Along with these Corolla and Lexus recalls, Toyota has also announced recalls in the past several years for problems including bad brakes, gas pedals, and floor mats, reports USA Today.
Toyota issued two new recalls Wednesday. The recalls involve:
- 750,000 Corolla and Corolla Matrix models manufactured between December 2001 and May 2004, due to airbag problems.
- About 270,000 Lexus IS sedans, from model years 2006 to 2012, due to a loose nut on the front wipers. Wipers on these models may not work properly during heavy snow, for example.
As you can imagine, the Corolla airbag recall is more involved. Toyota believes that the airbag control module for the supplemental restraint system could have been manufactured with faulty circuit boards, reports USA Today. If it malfunctions, the airbags could potentially deploy even if there is no accident. One can imagine how dangerous this could be if you're driving.
A Toyota spokesman said that there have been two crashes reported because of this problem. It's unclear if anyone was injured in the crashes.
If you own one of the vehicles subject to the recall, you should receive a letter from Toyota telling you to bring it in for repairs.
In addition, if you have been injured by one of the vehicles, you may want to speak with a product liability attorney to learn your options to recover damages.