Toyota has recalled more than 1 million Corolla, Corolla Matrix and Pontiac Vibe models across the globe due to faulty air bags that could deploy accidentally without warning. A second, separate recall to check for possible loose front wiper nuts in Lexus Is vehicles was also issued.
According to a “defect information report” submitted to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) by Toyota, the air bag control module can experience a short circuit “when exposed to high inductive electrical noise from various vehicle electrical components.”
Toyota has confirmed 18 U.S. cases of abrasion-type injuries resulting from the faulty air bag deployment. Two accidents have also been reported by customers in Japan, but Toyota has not confirmed the authenticity of the reports.
Toyota plans to add a filter to the airbag control module in all recalled vehicles to prevent interference.