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Toyota in air bags and wipers recall

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The reputation of Japanese car giant Toyota is set for a fresh hit after it announced the recall of almost 1.3 million cars.

Toyota has been renowned for its quality in the past but its reputation has suffered in recent times due to a number of massive recalls for problems varying from bad brakes to floor mats.

In the latest incident, the car maker said it has issued a global recall for 907,000 vehicles, mostly Corolla models, related to faulty air bags.

Most of the incidents involving air bags have been reported in the US and the recall largely involves vehicles sold in that country. However, cars sold in Japan, Mexico and Canada which were manufactured between December 2001 and May 2004 are also being recalled.

While the air bag problem could see them improperly inflate, Toyota has been keen to point out that there have been no accidents or injuries related to the defects.

The Japanese manufacturer is also recalling some 385,000 Lexus IS vehicles over faulty windscreen wipers.

The wiper problem may have been detected due to the bad weather seen in Europe and the US in recent months, as it was found that they could fail to work in certain conditions such as heavy snow. The defect relates to three models manufactured between May 2005 and October 2011.

Company executives have pledged to be quicker with recalls once problems have been identified in a bid to reassure motorists, who will be contacted in order to get their cars checked by an authorised dealer.

published: 30/01/2013 17:00:01

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