In one of the largest recalls to date, Toyota has announced recalls of one million vehicles – including models of the popular Corolla and Lexus sedans – over faulty airbags and windshield wipers.
Approximately 752,000 Corolla and Corolla Matrix cars in the U.S. and thousands of similar vehicles in Japan, Mexico and Canada that were manufactured between December 2001 and May 2004 are being recalled for air bags that can improperly inflate. 141,000 vehicles in Canada are also part of the recall.
There have been two reported accidents and 18 injuries linked to the problem, Toyota spokesman Brian Lyons told the LA Times.
The other recall is for 270,000 Lexus IS sedans from the 2006 model year through the beginning of the 2013 model year. The vehicles are being recalled because a nut on the front windshield wiper arms could be insufficiently tight. If movement of the wipers is restricted by an external load, such as a buildup of heavy snow on the windshield, one or both of the wipers could stop working.
So far, there have been 25 reports of the problem, but no injuries have been reported as a result.
Toyota assured owners of vehicles covered by these safety recalls that they will be notified by mail. Dealers will fix the problems at no cost to the vehicle owner.