Description: Toyota is recalling around 752,000 certain model year 2003-2004 Corolla and Corolla Matrix vehicles and over 267,000 certain model year 2006-2012 Lexus IS250 and IS350 vehicles manufactured August 23, 2005, through October 5, 2011; 2010-2012 Lexus IS250C and IS350C vehicles manufactured April 10, 2009, through October 6, 2011; and 2008-2011 Lexus IS-F vehicles manufactured December 14, 2007, through July 10, 2011.
Hazard: Corolla/Corolla Matrix vehicles: The supplemental restraint system (SRS) circuits are susceptible to internal shorting. The electrical short may create an abnormal current flow and increased heat which can damage the circuits. This could result in an inadvertent deployment of the front airbags and/or seat belt pretensioners which may increase the risk of injury and the possibility of a vehicle crash. Lexus vehicles: The nuts that fasten the wiper arms may be insufficiently torqued such that if the wiper arms are restricted by an external load, such as a buildup of heavy snow, one or both of the wipers may become inoperative and could reduce driver visibility and increase the risk of a vehicle crash.
Remedy: Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will install a supplemental harness containing an electrical filter between the airbag control module and its wire harness, free of charge. Lexus dealers will install new wiper arm nuts, also free of charge.