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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