By Sherrice Gilsbach, Crain News Service
DETROIT (Feb. 1, 2013) — Toyota Motor Corp. has announced a recall of Corolla, Corolla Matrix and Lexus IS vehicles.
By the numbers, the auto maker said it is recalling 752,000 Corolla and Corolla Matrix vehicles from the 2003 and 2004 model years, and about 270,000 Lexus IS vehicles built between 2006 and 2012.
The Corolla and Corolla Matrix may be susceptible to an electrical short that could cause the frontal airbag and front seatbelt pre-tensioners to inadvertently deploy, according to the auto maker, which announced the recall on Jan. 30.
The Lexus IS faces a problem with windshield wipers that are not sufficiently secured and may not operate properly when weighted down by heavy snow, the company said.
Toyota said owners of these vehicles will be receiving recall letters in the near future, and that fixes can be performed at any Toyota or Lexus dealership at no charge to the customer.
Detailed information is available to customers at Toyota's recall website and through the Toyota Customer Experience Center at 1-800-331-4331 or at the Lexus recall website and Lexus Customer Satisfaction, 1-800-255-3987.
This report appeared in Autoweek magazine, a Detroit-based sister publication of Tire Business.