Toyota recalling 1.3M vehicles, including Corollas

UPDATE: None of the Corollas in the recall mentioned below were made in Mississippi. The recall involves 2003-2004 models.

Toyota Mississippi began production in October 2011.

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Toyota is recalling 1.3 million vehicles worldwide, including 757,000 Corollas and toyota-logoCorolla Matrixes in the United States to fix airbags that could deploy inadvertently

Here’s a link, and here are some highlights from the report:

An IC chip in the airbag control unit can malfunction when it receives electrical interference from other parts in the car, causing the airbags to deploy when it is not necessary, Toyota spokesman Naoto Fuse said.

Toyota is also recalling certain Corolla and Corolla Matrix vehicles in Japan, Canada, and Mexico.

The problem has caused minor injuries such as abrasions in 18 cases that have been reported, he said. Two accidents have been reported by customers outside Japan, although Toyota has not been able to confirm them, he said.

Toyota will add an electrical signal filter to the airbag control module to the recalled vehicles — repairs expected to take an hour to hour-and-a-half, he said.

The spokesman declined to disclose the costs involved.

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The current model Corolla in North America is assembled at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Mississippi in Blue Springs and at a plant in Canada. The Corolla Matrix is not built at TMMMS.

 

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