For two separate defects, Toyota is recalling about 1.3 million vehicles. One recall includes 752,000 Corollas and Corolla Matrixes for airbags that could deploy inadvertently.
The unexpected airbag deployment has caused minor injuries in 18 reported cases, and two accidents were caused by the defect in Japan.
According to this article, “An IC chip in the airbag control unit can malfunction when it receives electrical interference from other parts in the car, causing the airbags to deploy when it is not necessary, Toyota spokesman Naoto Fuse said.”
Separately, Toyota is recalling 385,000 in its Lexus IS series because of problems with the wiper blades.
“The wiper arm nut of the front wiper in these vehicles may not be tight enough and the wiper may not work under certain weather occasions, including in snow.”
Read the complete Reuters article for more details on the recall and how these problems add to Toyota’s recent safety problems, including the settlement for vehicles that may or may not have accelerated unintentionally.