Toyota is recalling 752,000 Corolla and Matrix models and another 270,000 Lexus IS sedans in the U.S., the company said Wednesday morning.
The US recall represents about 79 percent of the 1.29 million models recalled worldwide.
The airbag control modules on 2003-2004 Corolla and Matrix models may short circuit and become damaged, which could lead to the front airbags or the seat belt pretensioners deploying without warning.
On 2006-2012 Lexus IS models, a nut that holds the wiper arm in place could loosen and detach, especially if there is a heavy snow or another "external load" in the wiper's path.
Toyota is sending owner letters in the mail "in the near future," which likely means that dealers will be repairing the affected models in late February. More information is available at Toyota's recall site or at 1-800-331-4331; IS owners can visit the Lexus recall site or call 1-800-255-3987.
On Monday, a Toyota distributor in Florida recalled 3,235 cars to recalibrate airbag sensors. In November, Toyota recalled 2.77 million cars worldwide for faulty steering and hybrid systems. In October, Toyota recalled 7.43 million cars for power window switches that could catch fire, making it the largest global vehicle recall in 16 years.