POSTED: 1:30 a.m. HST, Jan 31, 2013
Toyota is recalling more than a million cars worldwide because of faulty air bags and windshield wipers.
The move comes just days after Toyota regained its spot as the world's No. 1 automaker from U.S. rival General Motors Co., with global vehicle sales that climbed to a record 9.748 million vehicles.
The company is now recalling 907,000 cars, mostly Corollas, because of air bags that can improperly inflate when the vehicle's electronic signals damage a chip in the part that controls the bags. It also is recalling 385,000 Lexus IS luxury cars with wipers that can get stuck if there is heavy snowfall.
As part of the air bag recall, Toyota is ordering back about 752,000 Corolla and Corolla Matrix cars in the U.S., about 141,000 vehicles in Canada and thousands of similar vehicles in Japan and Mexico that were manufactured between December 2001 and May 2004. The part will be corrected to be able to block damaging signals, said Toyota spokesman Naoto Fuse.