The company said there have been no accidents or injuries related to the defects, but it received 46 reports of problems involving the air bags from North America, and one from Japan. There were 25 reports of problems related to the windscreen wipers.
Toyota is recalling 907,000 cars, mostly Corolla models, around the world for faulty air bags and another 385,000 Lexus IS luxury vehicles for defective wipers.
Being recalled for air bags that can improperly inflate are 752,000 Corolla and Corolla Matrix cars in the US as well as thousands of similar vehicles in Japan, Mexico and Canada, manufactured between December 2001 and May 2004. Some 141,000 vehicles in Canada are being recalled, according to Toyota.
The problem wipers, which can get stuck if there is heavy snowfall, affect three kinds of Lexus IS models, manufactured from May 2005 to October 2011, including 270,000 vehicles in the US and nearly 17,000 vehicles in Canada. The recall also affects the Lexus IS sold in Europe, the Middle East and China.
Toyota's reputation for top quality was undermined in the past few years by massive recalls for a spate of problems, including bad brakes, accelerator pedals and floor mats.
Executives have repeatedly promised to beef up quality controls and be quicker with recalls.