Toyota recalls 1.29 million vehicles worldwide for faulty air bags, wipers

Toyota is recalling 907,000 vehicles, mostly Corolla models, around the world for faulty air bags and another 385,000 Lexus IS luxury cars for defective wipers. Some 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. Some 141,000 vehicles in Canada are part of that recall, according to Toyota. The air bags inadvertently inflate when the vehicle’s electronic signals damage a chip in the part that controls the air bags. Under the recall, the part will be corrected to be able to block such signals. Toyota has confirmed 18 cases in the U.S. of abrasion-type injuries from the air bag problem.

Toyota has received 46 reports of problems involving the air bags from North America, and one from Japan, and 25 reports of problems related to the windshield wipers. The wiper can get stuck if there is heavy snowfall. This problem was found in three kinds of Lexus IS models, manufactured from May 2005 to October 2011, including 270,000 vehicles in the U.S. and nearly 17,000 vehicles in Canada. The recall also affects the Lexus IS sold in Europe, the Middle East and China. Earlier this week, Toyota released its tally for global vehicle sales last year at a record 9.748 million vehicles, regaining its spot as the world’s No. 1 automaker from U.S. rival General Motors.

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