Toyota Motor Corp. has announced its latest safety recall, including more than 750,000 of its Toyota Corolla and Corolla Matrix models because an air bag defect could cause injuries to motorists.
According to a Los Angeles Times report, Toyota’s latest recall involves more than a million vehicles overall due to several mechanical defects that could and have caused injuries to drivers and passengers. In addition to the Corolla recall, the company also called back more than a quarter-million Lexus IS sport sedans because of a defect with its windshield wipers.
The first action includes 752,000 Corolla and Corolla Matrix vehicles of the 2003 and 2004 model years. Toyota is recalling these vehicles to fix the air bag control module. The module can short circuit. If this happens, the air bags along with the seat belt pretensionsers could deploy unexpectedly. Two accidents and a total of 18 injuries have been linked to this defect, specifically, according to the Toyota recall statement.
The other recall announced by Toyota focuses on its luxury Lexus line, and the IS sport sedan. A total of 270,000 vehicles from the model years between 2006 and 2013 are included. The action is being taken on these vehicles because “a nut on the front windshield wiper arms could be insufficiently tight,” according to the report. No accidents have resulted from the 25 reports of wipers not functioning properly because of this defect.
When movement of the wipers on the recalled vehicles is restricted – perhaps by accumulated snow, ice, or leaves – one or both of the wipers could stop working.
People who are registered owners of these vehicles will be notified by mail of the recall. Those who may have purchased one of these vehicles through a third-party dealer or private seller will have to check to see if their vehicle is included in either of these actions.
This is just the latest safety recall announced by Toyota since a 2009 debacle involving millions of its vehicles that had faulty accelerators. Then, the company failed for years to notify the public about the potential for danger caused by defective accelerators that were prone to “sticking” and leading cars to speed out-of-control. Since then, Toyota has stated that it will be proactive in taking steps to alert consumers to potential future safety concerns with its vehicles.
The company has announced several recalls since then on other vehicles for a variety of defects and some have had questionable timing. The company delayed announcing recalls in the past as its sales soared, leading Toyota to become the top-selling auto maker on the planet for a number of years prior to 2009. General Motors enjoyed a short stay on top but in 2012, Toyota again regained that top position, according to L.A. Times.
Toyota Corolla was the second-highest selling vehicle in the U.S. last year.