Toyota, largest automaker in the world, has been hit with a major recall. The company will be recalling over 1 million vehicles that were sold in the United States over faulty windshield wipers and airbags in about 752,000 Corolla and Corolla Matrix cars sold in 2003 and 2004. The windshield wiper issue may affect about 270,000 Lexus IS models between 2006 and early 2012.
The airbags in the Corolla could deploy inadvertently and Lexus wipers may not operate after snow builds up on top of it. There is a chance that a nut on the windshield wiper arm on the Lexus may have been tightened enough in the factory. Even after the snow is removed, the nut could loosen as a result so that the wipers do not sweep their full arc. There was around 25 reports of the problem, but there was no injury as a result.
An integrated circuit in Corollas can become damaged over time resulting in a short circuit which could cause an airbag to deploy without a crash. There were around 47 reports of problems and 18 minor injuries as a result. The circuit was built by TRW Automotive.