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Corollas manufactured between December 2001 and May 200... Corollas manufactured between December 2001 and May 2004 are under recall (Credit: Toyota).
TOKYO (AP) - 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.

Toyota Motor Corp. spokesman Naoto Fuse said Wednesday that two crashes were reported in the U.S. related to the air bag problem, but Toyota had not been able to confirm them. Fuse said it was unclear whether anyone had been injured in the two crashes. Toyota has confirmed 18 cases in the U.S. of abrasion-type injuries from the air bag problem, he said.

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Initially, the Japanese automaker had said there were no accidents related to either problem. In total, it 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.

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, Fuse said. Under the recall, the part will be corrected to be able to block such signals, he said.

The problem wipers, which can get stuck if there is heavy snowfall, affect 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, Toyota said.

Toyota's reputation for top quality was undermined in the past few years by massive recalls for a spate of problems, including bad brakes, gas pedals and floor mats, mostly in the U.S.

Executives have repeatedly promised to beef up quality controls and be quicker with recalls to repair Toyota's image.

Toyota's production was hit by the quake and tsunami in northeastern Japan in 2011, where key suppliers were located, but it has since recovered, seeing sales grow not only in the U.S. but also in Asia.

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 Co.

Toyota has announced some recalls in recent months, but they have been relatively minor, such as floor mats, and generally affect vehicles manufactured before its latest efforts to regain sterling quality.

Last month, Toyota agreed to pay more than $1 billion in the U.S. to settle lawsuits where vehicle owners said the value of their cars and SUVs plummeted after the company recalled millions of vehicles because of sudden-acceleration issues.

Executives say they are not admitting fault. But they acknowledge the company is eager to put the recall crisis behind it, and move ahead with sales growth in Asian nations as well as the U.S.


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      • 2 Years Ago
      JUNK JUNK JUNK i tell you....ha ha for anyone that bought these junks.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Keep buying cars from a country that attacked the United States. Fools.
      richard
      • 2 Years Ago
      Talk about a thrill ride, the acelerator sticks and then no wipers. Then you hit something, and the airbags don`t work! Shoulda bought American.
      Mark
      • 2 Years Ago
      What hunks of junk!
      • 2 Years Ago
      They are always bashing toyotas.. Toyotas are good cars and are american made morons!!
        dancrabtree
        • 2 Years Ago
        what a typical liberal idiot...they are assembled in america yet the cash you spend to buy your asian liberal democrat ride returns to japan..DOES NOT IN ANY WAY FOR THE MOST PART HELP THE AMERICAN ECONOMY OTHER THAN SALES COMMISSIONS TO THE DEALERS..
          Lifes a Beach
          • 2 Years Ago
          @dancrabtree
          You gotta put down the gop koolaide, it's made you look foolish.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @dancrabtree
          And then japan sends the money back here to employee those factory works who assemble the cars.....
      nrwlbt
      • 2 Years Ago
      I have a Ford F150 with a 182,000 miles on it.Ive had two Toyota pick up's before the Ford and they didn't last that long.
      outback
      • 2 Years Ago
      Toyota recalls again! How can Consumer Reports continue to to hand out praise to a company who has had more recalls and car related deaths than any other auto maker. CR just a couple of weeks ago had 4 toyota models as best buys. Whats up with that.
        junglejack
        • 2 Years Ago
        @outback
        consumer reports is a biased anti--American magazine and has been for many years. they have very little positive to say about anything made in the USA..
          Fraginals5@aol.c
          • 2 Years Ago
          @junglejack
          It is not true. America can not compete with quality, when all the profits have to go on benefits thanks to the Unions
      Fraginals5@aol.c
      • 2 Years Ago
      I have been driving Toyotas since 1984. The best cars in the market.
        lunger5019
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Fraginals5@aol.c
        Yes just look at all the recalls . Most recalls in the past 5 years by far in the industry . I would never have one
        Lifes a Beach
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Fraginals5@aol.c
        They were better in 1984. Today the new Toyota is becoming the old GM, Toyota got 1st place but their customers are paying for that. The thing that gets me is the 1st thing they do & they're still doing it is deny there's an issue. I won't even sit in a newer Toyota.
      pknk11
      • 2 Years Ago
      Toyota lied to the American people about its vehicles concealing unsafe issues for decades. Toyota didn't even have corrosive protection because of weight for better gas mileage on its vehicles until the 1990 they scammed the consumer for profits cheap parts that made Toyotas vehicles death traps and they refused to do anything about it even when the government finally caught up with them after decades of lies and cover ups and to this day they still have not fixed the defects Toyota vehicles are death traps no one knows what is going to set the car on fire or fail while driving to this day. THE END..
      choicef
      • 2 Years Ago
      this has become a yearly occurance - dont trust them
      • 2 Years Ago
      clinkers and stinkers! Vito
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