Toyota Recall Affects 803,000 Vehicles, Company Warns of Possible Airbag Malfunction

    October 18, 2013
    Josh Wolford
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Toyota has just announced a voluntary recall that affects more than 800,000 vehicles.

The recall affects 2012-2013 models of the Camry, Camry Hybrid, Avalon, Avalon Hybrid, and the Venza. According to Toyota, the reason for the recall is an issue with the air conditioning condenser unit housing.

In the worst case scenario, the issue could cause the car’s airbags to suddenly deploy, or could disable them entirely. Here’s what Toyota had to say:

In the involved vehicles, water from the air conditioning condenser unit housing could leak onto the airbag control module and cause a short circuit, resulting in illumination of the airbag warning light. In some instances, the air bag(s) could become disabled or could inadvertently deploy. In limited instances, the power steering assist function could also become inoperable if a communication line in the airbag control module is damaged. Loss of power steering assist results in increased steering effort.

Owners will soon be notified to bring their affected vehicles to a local dealer where the necessary fixes will be made.

This is the 10th voluntary recall that Toyota has released this year, the last one coming just last week and affecting just 10,000 vehicles. Apparently, there was a problem with the wiper switch assembly in a limited number of Camrys, Avalons, and Corollas.

This is the largest single recall of the bunch, at least in terms of vehicles affected. Back in January, Toyota recalled 752,000 Corolla and Corolla Matrix vehicles – also for an issue with the airbags.

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  • http://Yahoo Debi

    who, in God’s good name, would buy/lease a Toyota/Lexus in the first place?

    • HansM

      Toyota trucks have always been a favorite of mine. Most people want them but cannot get financing. So they buy the cheap American crap. I do admit American built products are improving, but they are a dime a dozen when it comes to resale value.

  • http://yahoo.com brit

    I did and paid the price buy american folks

  • http://www.europowertool.com Euro Power Tool

    I did and paid the price buy american folks

  • Buckle up!

    Buy American! Lol!!

    Yea, I don’t think so. When the American cars are built to last longer than 2 years interior wise and other tolerances, I’ll recommend them, but as for me personally buying one, not in this lifetime. And for those promoting any particular car manufacturer, please spend a few mins researching issues with just about all of them, starting with the Big 3…

    2012 overview:

    General Motors led the Detroit Three in recalls last year, bringing back an estimated 1.5 million vehicles in 17 campaigns.

    “GM’s largest single recall affected a potential 426,240 units of its Chevrolet Malibu, Pontiac G6 and Saturn Aura midsize cars between model years ’07 and ’10. The auto maker says tabs on the automatic transmission shift cable could fracture and separate, making it unclear which gear is engaged and potentially lead to the vehicle rolling away after the driver exits.

    Two other GM campaigns targeting ’11-’12 Chevrolet Cruze small sedans combined to capture 466,387 units for recall last year.

    Ford recalled 1.4 million vehicles in 2012. The 16 campaigns it conducted included targeting 423,634 Ford Escape small CUVs from model years ’01-’04 with V-6 engines. A stuck throttle at high speeds could make it difficult to slow or stop the vehicle, Ford says.

    Chrysler recalled 1.3 million vehicles last year over 12 campaigns, including one callback targeting 744,822 Jeep Grand Cherokees between model years ’02 and ’04 for potentially faulty airbag modules.”

    While Toyota was the grand prize winner for most recalls, it ain’t all roses for the American makers either. Choose your poison wisely I’d say.