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Toyota Recalling Over 1 Mil Vehicles

Separate safety actions involve defective airbags, faulty wipers.

by on Jan.30, 2013

The Lexus IS is targeted by one of two new Toyota recalls, the other affecting the Corolla.

Toyota says it is recalling a total of more than 1 million vehicles, including some late-model luxury cars, due to a pair of safety problems involving defective airbags and faulty windshield wipers.

The announcement comes during the same week the maker confirmed it regained its title in 2012 as the world’s best-selling automotive manufacturer.  But Toyota also had more vehicles recalled than any other automaker operating in the U.S. last year – the third time it has captured that dubious distinction in four years.

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The new recall involves about 752,000 Corolla and Corolla Matrix cars sold in 2003 and 2004. According to Toyota, a control module is susceptible to short-circuiting. If that happens, it could cause their airbags and front seat pre-tensioners to inadvertently deploy.


NHTSA Clears Toyota: No Corolla Steering Defect

Maker gets a much-needed boost after recent safety problems.

by on May.23, 2011

NHTSA has cleared the Toyota Corolla in an investigation into possible steering defects.

Toyota has gotten a clean bill of health from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration which has found no electronics-related steering problems with the 2009 and 2010 Corolla model.

The second most popular model in the maker’s U.S. line-up had come under review because of claims by some owners that the vehicles appeared to start drifting off course.  A total of 900 complaints had been filed regarding the alleged problem.  A total of 4,100 warranty claims were recorded by Toyota dealers in connection with the issue.

The government safety agency has determined that the problem is related to driver feel, rather than a defect.  Toyota has come up with a repair to change the feel for drivers who aren’t satisfied with the Corolla’s steering.

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A recall of the compact model – and the Matrix model, which was also under review – could have been a serious setback for Toyota, which recalled more than 10 million vehicles last year due to a variety of safety-related issues.  More than half of those were cars, trucks and crossovers linked to potential problems with unintended acceleration, including sticky accelerator pedals, but Toyota also suffered a variety of other issues, including heavily corroded minivans and brake problems with the Prius hybrid.