Toyota Issues Major Recall

4:28 AM, Jan 30, 2013   |    comments
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(TORRANCE, Calif.) --  Toyota is launching two safety recalls in the U.S. involving some 752,000 2003 and 2004 Corollas and 270,000 Lexus IS vehicles from 2006 through early 2012.  

The automaker says the airbag control module for the supplemental restraint system in the Corolla and Corolla Matrix cars could have integrated circuits vulnerable to shorts that could result in an abnormal current flow and increased heat that could damage the circuits. That, says Toyota, could make front airbags and/or seat belt pretension devices "inadvertently deploy." 

The second recall involves the front wipers on certain Lexus IS vehicles in which, Toyota says, the wiper arm nut might not be tight enough. If the movement of the wipers is restricted by a heavy load, such as a buildup of snow on the windshield, one or both of the wipers could become inoperative. 

Toyota will send letters telling owners of the affected cars to bring them to dealers for repairs.

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