Toyota Recalls One Million Vehicles For Wiper, Airbag Issues

Toyota is recalling more than one million vehicles for windshield wiper and airbag issues. The vehicles affected include the company’s Corolla as well as Lexus sedans.

Naoto Fuse, a spokesman for Toyota Motor Corporation, stated on Wednesday that there have not been any accidents or injuries as a result of the defects.

The recall comes after the Japanese automaker received 46 reports of airbag problems from North America and 25 reports of problems with the windshield wipers, reports Fox News.

The Toyota Corolla and Corolla Matrix are being recalled for air bags that improperly inflate. The recall includes 752,000 vehicles in the US and thousands of similar cars in Japan, Mexico, and Canada. They were manufactured between December 2001 and May 2004.

The windshield wiper problem can happen if there is heavy snowfall. The issue affects all three Lexus IS models that were manufactured between May 2005 and October 2011. There are 270,000 vehicles affected in the United States.

Yahoo! News notes that the recall is the third for Toyota since October that involves more than a million cars. It also comes as the Japanese automaker is trying to salvage its reputation from a series of recalls between 2009 and 2011. Those recalls involved accelerator problems that could cause the vehicle to crash.

Toyota will add an electrical signal filter to the recalled cars to fix the airbag issue. The repair is expected to take between one hour and an hour and a half.

The company agreed last month to pay over $1 billion to settle lawsuits in the United States by customers that alleged the value of their cars went down after the company’s recalls. Executives with the company stated with the agreement that they do not admit fault but that they want to put the recall crisis behind them.

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