Drivers who are considering purchasing used Toyotas may want to do a bit of extra research before all sales are final. The Japanese automaker recently announced a recall of more than 1.1 million Corolla, Corolla Matrix and Lexus IS models around the world, concerning the airbags and windshield wipers. This massive air bag-related recall affects approximately 752,000 Toyota models in the U.S. that were produced between 2003 and 2004, according to USA Today.
The airbag control modules on affected vehicles may have been manufactured with defects in the circuitry. This could lead to damage that may cause inadvertent deployment of front airbags. So far, there have been 46 reported incidents in the U.S., 18 of which resulted in abrasion injuries, Bloomberg reports.
There was also a recall for about 270,000 Lexus IS models in the U.S. that were made between 2006 and 2012. This recall involves a loose nut on the wiper blades that would lead them to fail under too much pressure – such as an accumulation of snow. Toyota has received 25 reports worldwide involving issues with the wipers, according to USA Today.
Toyota will repair the issues in all affected models, but drivers looking to buy used cars should still take caution. It is important that they research the vehicle history to ensure any recalls have been taken care of before they buy a car. If a recall has not been addressed, this could be a red flag that there may be other underlying issues with the car as well.
New Jersey State Auto Auction makes this easy, as every model on the lot is CARFAX certified, so drivers will have full access to the maintenance and repair history. Whether drivers are looking to get behind the wheel of a Toyota, a Lexus or any other vehicle, NJ Auto Auction is sure to have a car that suits their needs.