Toyota has announced the recall of more than one million cars in the US as part of a global recall of almost 1.3 million vehicles, in what is the Japanese manufacturer's third million-car-plus recall since October.
The recall of approximately 752,000 Toyota Corolla and Corolla Matrix vehicles produced in 2003 and 2004 stems from a fault with the cars' airbag control module that could have been manufactured with application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs) that are susceptible to internal shorting.
According to Toyota, “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 seatbelt pretensioners could inadvertently deploy.”
Approximately 270,000 Lexus IS vehicles from 2006 to early 2012 have also been recalled for a secondary issue relating to the wiper arm nut of the front wipers not being “sufficiently tight”. Toyota says, “If movement of the wipers is restricted by an external load, such as a build-up of heavy snow on the windshield, one or both of the wipers could become inoperative.”
Toyota Australia’s Beck Angel told CarAdvice neither recall affected local cars as the specific Corolla model was not sold in Australia and the impacted Lexus vehicles were left-hand-drive models only.