toyotaToyota has recalled 1.29 million vehicles worldwide due to defects with airbags and windshield wipers. In the U.S., about 752,000 Corolla and Corolla Matrix cars have been recalled, as well as thousands of similar cars in Japan, Mexico, and Canada that were manufactured between December 2001 and May 2004. The reason is that the air bags can improperly inflate. And in a second recall, about 385,000 Lexus IS luxury vehicles from the 2005 to 2011 model years are being recalled for defective wipers. (Lexus is owned by Toyota Motor.) Here's everything you need to know.

According to a Toyota spokesperson, two crashes in the United States reportedly were related to the air bag issue -- we still don't know if anyone has been injured in either crash. But 18 other cases in the U.S. of abrasion-type injuries have been confirmed due to the air bag problem. In total, Toyota received 46 reports of problems involving the air bags from North America, one from Japan, and 25 reports of problems related to the windshield wipers. Evidently, the airbag can inadvertently inflate when the car's electronic signals damage a chip in the part that controls the air bags. That's not good.

So, what's wrong with the windshield wipers?

Well, apparently, if there is heavy snowfall, windshield wipers from three kinds of Lexus IS models, manufactured between the dates above, can get stuck; 270,000 of the vehicles being recalled are in the U.S. Definitely not something you want to encounter, should you be driving in inclement weather.

If you happen to own any of these cars manufactured during the mentioned dates, please take note and pass along. These may seem like minor issues, but definitely not worth the risk.

Do you have either of these cars?

 

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