Toyota recalls 157,000 vehicles in Canada to fix airbags and wipers

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TORONTO - Toyota Canada is recalling more than 157,000 vehicles to fix airbags and window wipers.

They include more than 140,000 Corolla and Matrix cars and almost 17,000 Lexus IS vehicles.

The Corolla and Matrix cars are being recalled because of concerns their airbags could be deployed inadvertently due to a possible short circuit in the control module.

The automaker also says the wiper arms of the Lexus vehicles may not be sufficiently tight and may stop working if their movement is restricted, by a buildup of snow for example.

The company says owners of the vehicles covered by these voluntary recalls will receive a letter via mail starting next month.

It is part of a global recall of more than 1.3 million vehicles, including 752,000 in the United States.

In Tokyo, Toyota Motor Corp. spokesman Naoto Fuse said Wednesday there have been no accidents or injuries related to the defects.

But he said the company had received 46 reports of problems involving the airbags from North America, and one from Japan.

There were 25 reports of problems related to the windshield wipers.

_ With files from The Associated Press.

Organizations: Toyota Canada, Lexus, The Associated Press

Geographic location: Canada, TORONTO, United States Tokyo North America Japan

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