Toyota Issues Second Major Recall in Three
January 31, 2013
by Casey Neeley, firstname.lastname@example.org
Toyota Motor has issued a recall through the National Highway Traffic
Safety Administration (NHTSA) affecting an estimated 1.15 million
vehicles for windshield wiper and airbag defects.
The recall for windshield wiper faults will affect 2006-2010 Lexus
IS 250 models, 2010-2012 Lexus IS 250C models, 2006-2012 Lexus IS
350 models, 2010-2012 Lexus IS 350C models and 2008-2011 Lexus IS
According to the recall notice issued to NHTSA, Vinnie Venugopal,
general manager of quality control for Toyota says, "In the front
wipers on the subject vehicles, there is high friction at the tightening
surface between the wiper arm nut and the wiper arm that could result
in the nut being insufficiently tight. If movement of wipers is
restricted by an external load, such as a buildup of heavy snow
on the windshield, the wiper motor torque may exceed the wiper arm
slipping torque, and one or both of the wipers could become inoperative.
If this occurs, driver visibility could be reduced, which could
increase the risk of a vehicle crash."
Toyota first became aware of a potential problem in May 2008,
after receiving reports that the wiper arm nuts became too loose.
In August 2011, Toyota continued its ongoing investigation into
the problem before deciding on January 24, 2013, to issue a recall
notice. This recall will affect 267,718 vehicles. The percentage
of those recalled possessing the error is unknown.
Toyota is also recalling 887,709 vehicles for airbag defects.
The 2003-2004 Pontiac Vibe models, in addition to the 2003-2004
Toyota Corolla and Corolla Matrix are affected by the recall resulting
from "the supplemental restraint system (SRS) circuits [being] susceptible
to internal shorting," according to a letter issued by Jennifer
Timian, chief of the Recall Management Division for the NHTSA.
A letter from Venugopal also suggests that the defect may have
occurred during the manufacturing process. "The airbag control module
for the SRS in the subject vehicles could have been manufactured
with application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs) that are susceptible
to internal shorting. When exposed to high inductive electrical
noise from various vehicle electrical components, 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 seat belt pretensioners could inadvertently deploy," says
Venugopal. "An airbag that deploys inadvertently can, under some
circumstances, increase the risk of minor injury and the possibility
of a crash."
Toyota was alerted to the problem August 20, 2012, through NHTSA.
Toyota investigated the ASIC damage and decided to issue a voluntary
recall January 24, 2012.
Of the vehicles affected, the Toyota Corolla has the highest number
of potentially defective models at 603,936. The Corolla Matrix has
148,024 possibly affected models and 135,749 Pontiac Vibes are involved
in the recall. The percentage of recalled vehicles containing the
defect is unknown.
Toyota recalled more than 7.5
million vehicles in October for faulty power window switches
which may have caught on fire.
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