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Another Massive Toyota Recall – Air Bags and Wipers This Time

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Toyota Corollas manufactured between December 2001 and May 2004 are being recalled by the manufacturer because air bags may improperly inflate because electronic signals may affect a chip that controls the air bag. Approximately 752,000 Corollas may be affected, and 385,000 of the Lexis IS model. Toyota has reportedly related 2 U.S. crashes to this problem. Toyota says the air bag control module could have been manufactured with faulty circuit boards. Also affected are Pontiac Vibe models manufactured from 2003-2004 model years.

The second Toyota recall concerns 270,000 Lexis IS sedans, model years 2006-2012. This defect concerns a loose nut on the front wiper(s). The wipers could fail under heavy loads, like those encountered with ice and/or snow.

Both of these are potential safety-related defects.

For more information on these recalls, and others, visit: http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/owners/SearchCurrentMonthRecall

Toyota will notify their owners, and General Motors will notify theirs. Dealers will install a supplemental harness containing an electrical filter between the airbag control module and its wire harness, free of charge. A notification schedule has not been provided. For more information, Toyota owners may call 1-800-331-4331 and Pontiac owners may call 1-800-620-7668.

Last month, Toyota agreed to pay about $1 billion in a settlement concerning sudden acceleration problems and owners' depreciated value of affected cars.