The recall bug strikes Toyota again. The automaker has issued a voluntary recall of three models that, in total, represent more than one million units. Around 752,000 2003-2004 Toyota Corolla and Matrix models are being recalled for airbag concerns, while a windshield wiper issue is causing the recall for close to 270,000 Lexus IS sedans from the 2006-2012 model years.

Completely unrelated to the small airbag-related recall issued earlier in the week, the Corolla and Matrix recall is caused by a faulty airbag control module that could potentially short circuit, which could lead to the front airbags or seat belt pretensioners deploying. The Lexus recall is due to a wiper arm nut that wasn't tightened properly, which can cause the wipers to not work when trying to clear heavy buildup such as snow.

Scroll down for a press release that includes more information, as well as details about how owners can contact the manufacturer directly.
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TOYOTA ANNOUNCES TWO VOLUNTARY SAFETY RECALLS OF CERTAIN 2003 AND 2004 COROLLA AND 2006-2012 LEXUS IS MODELS

TORRANCE, Calif., Jan. 30, 2013 – Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. (TMS), will conduct two separate safety recalls involving approximately 752,000 Corolla and Corolla Matrix vehicles and approximately 270,000 Lexus IS vehicles.

The airbag control module for the supplemental restraint system (SRS) in the Corolla and Corolla Matrix vehicles could have been manufactured with application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs) that are susceptible to internal shorting. These ASICs could experience an internal short that creates abnormal current flow and increased heat. If this occurs, there is a possibility that the ASIC could become damaged. In some instances, the front airbag(s) and/or seat belt pretensioners could inadvertently deploy.

The second safety recall involves the front wipers on certain Lexus IS vehicles where the wiper arm nut might not be sufficiently 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 become inoperative.

Owners of vehicles covered by these safety recalls will receive an owner notification letter via first class mail in the near future. Any authorized Toyota or Lexus dealer will perform this recall at no charge to the vehicle owner.

Detailed information is available to customers at www.toyota.com/recall and the Toyota Customer Experience Center at 1-800-331-4331 or www.lexus.com/recall and Lexus Customer Satisfaction (1 800-255-3987).


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      carfan
      • 1 Year Ago
      wow, so lately it's not one toyota recall per week as usual, now it's two recalls per week... Good job toyota, keep it up, maybe AB should open a separate blog for tayota recalls only, besides the AB green and AB international.
      chanonissan
      • 1 Year Ago
      Weather toyota lovers accept it or not, simple things like wiper and window motor catch fire , are still classified under reliability. As I point out a simple thing as people not understanding Ford my touch system it was classified under reliability. Why did not toyota lovers came out and defend ford, say that has nothing to do with reliability.So for toyota backers who what to say recall power window motor (toyota corolla) catch fire does not classified under reliability, is speaking bullsh.. This is an article that show that ford mytouch was classified under reliability http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/2012/10/most-reliable-new-cars/index.htm
        ihatemacs9
        • 1 Year Ago
        @chanonissan
        weather? https://twimg0-a.akamaihd.net/profile_images/1756632423/image.jpg
      djrroar1
      • 1 Year Ago
      Why is it that people give companies like VW and Mitsubishi so much crap, I cannot remember that last time I read about a recall for either of them. roar
        Tourian
        • 1 Year Ago
        @djrroar1
        One of the haters on the Outlander thread said its no big deal for a bunch of actual owners showing up to say their cars were trouble free that all new cars are trouble free - yet I've not seen Mitsu announce any recalls lately. I wonder if/when they do, the same people who defend Toyota will say the same about Mitsu in that recalls are no big deal, and just part of the game.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @djrroar1
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          FIDTRO
          • 1 Year Ago
          How is VW a "mess" when they're gaining sales ground on Toyota but have much fewer recalls?
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      rapidrunner
      • 1 Year Ago
      from the people who brought you pearl harbor
        michigan
        • 1 Year Ago
        @rapidrunner
        Pearl Harbor is a natural body of water in the Pacific Ocean, was not "brought" by anyone. This comment makes no sense.
        dice
        • 1 Year Ago
        @rapidrunner
        what is your point?
      nsxrules
      • 1 Year Ago
      Gotta give credit to Toyota, they know how to stand behind their products. Wish the Big 3 would do recalls to fix all their problems., they would ave a lot more satisfied customers if they did.
        Renaurd
        • 1 Year Ago
        @nsxrules
        I would not trust Toyota do do anything right, they've told too many lies, and don't even mention dragging their feet when people were dying in their trash. Oh yeah, they stand behind them and lie.
      Patrick
      • 1 Year Ago
      Toyota really wants that 2013 recall Trophy!
        Steve
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Patrick
        They took the lead over from Honda. Honda is at 770,000 for 2013.
        mbukukanyau
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Patrick
        They have won the last 5 years, do not underestimate their desire to recall their ugly toads. I say recall em all and keep em, safe for the IS and that new coupe.
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        S.
        • 1 Year Ago
        Praising Toyota for a recall? Oh geez
        wooootles
        • 1 Year Ago
        Autoblog's resident Baghdad Bob for Toyota.
        • 1 Year Ago
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      Walt
      • 1 Year Ago
      If anyone knows where BlackDynamiteOnline lives, could you please send the paramedics?
        DarkKnight67
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Walt
        So, he lived up to his name? No great loss.
        Donny Hoover
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Walt
        In other news, Toyota headquarters in Japan, more specifically the PR wing, lost power this morning.
        mbukukanyau
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Walt
        I just called the japanese version of 911, he was hypervenerating ; lol...
      bullitt2605
      • 1 Year Ago
      Funny they talk about being number one in sales but never mention recalls....
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        @bullitt2605
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      mbukukanyau
      • 1 Year Ago
      Reliability,.. what? This is the most recalled set of brands in the world. After 6 Toyotas, I bought my first Chevrolet and I have not been happier. No recalls, bullet proof quality, more pawa.. I just added a Ford and another Chevrolet to my home fleet.
      superchan7
      • 1 Year Ago
      Cue the Autoblog crowd that thinks pre-emptive recalls are bad.
      Renaurd
      • 1 Year Ago
      Garbage, rolling garbage.
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