Toyota Recalls Camry, Avalon and Venza Models for Potential Air Bag Malfunction By Tod Aronovitz | 10/24/13 | 0 Comment

Toyota recently announced the recall of almost 803,000 vehicles due to a defect with the air conditioning condenser and air bag units in certain cars. Affected vehicles include 2012-13 Avalon, Avalon HV, Venza, Camry, and Camry HV models. Toyota knows of two minor injuries, but no accidents, associated with the problem.

According to the Toyota recall, the drain hose for the air conditioning condenser could become clogged. If a blockage occurs, water may accumulate at the bottom of the unit and leak through a seam onto the air bag control module causing a short circuit.

A short circuit may cause the air bags to become disabled or inadvertently deploy, increasing the risk of injury or crash. If the air bag control module is damaged, the power steering assist function could also break down, making the vehicles more difficult to steer.

Toyota is in the process of notifying owners of the recalled vehicles. Dealers will fix the problem by sealing the air conditioning condenser unit housing and installing a protective cover on the air bag control module. There will be no charge for the repairs.

Owners may contact Toyota at 1-800-331-4331, or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153) or www.safercar.gov for more information.

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