Over a Million Toyotas Recalled Over Air Bags, Wipers

Toyota issued a recall for nearly 1.3 million vehicles worldwide over problems with air bags and windshield wipers.

The Associated Press (AP) reports Toyota recalled over 752,000 Corolla and Corolla Matrix cars in the U.S and 141,000 cars in Canada—as well as cars in Japan and Mexico—manufactured between December 2001 and May 2004. The vehicles were recalled because a chip that controls the air bag may be damaged by the vehicle’s electronic signals, causing the bags to inflate unexpectedly.

Toyota also recalled 385,000 Lexus IS luxury cars over faulty wipers that may not function in heavy snowfall.

A Toyota spokesperson said the company received reports of two accidents involving the flawed air bags in the U.S., although originally the company denied any accidents involving either of the problems. The automaker stated that it had received 18 reports of superficial skin injuries related to the air bag issue in the U.S., reports the AP.

Toyota received a total of 46 reports of faulty air bags from North America (and one from Japan) as well as 25 cases involving the windshield problem.

The massive recall comes as the automaker had begun to put some distance between itself and a series of major recalls in recent years over safety and quality problems with its brakes, gas pedals, and floor mats.

If you or a loved one has been harmed by an unsafe vehicle, contact Sokolove Law for a free legal consultation and to find out if a product liability lawyer may be able to help you.


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