Toyota Recalls 803,000 Vehicles in the U.S., Including 2012-'13 Camry


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    2013 Toyota Camry Picture

    Toyota is recalling approximately 803,000 vehicles in the U.S., including the 2012-'13 Toyota Camry, Camry Hybrid, Avalon, Avalon Hybrid and Venza due to a problem with the air-conditioning condensers. | October 17, 2013

Just the Facts:
  • Toyota is recalling approximately 803,000 vehicles in the U.S., including the 2012-'13 Toyota Camry, Camry Hybrid, Avalon, Avalon Hybrid and Venza due to a problem with the air-conditioning condensers.
  • Water from the condenser can leak onto the airbag control module, which may cause the airbag to inadvertently deploy.
  • Toyota told Edmunds that the defect has led to two minor injuries, but no accidents.

TORRANCE, California — Toyota is recalling approximately 803,000 vehicles in the U.S., including the 2012-'13 Toyota Camry, Camry Hybrid, Avalon, Avalon Hybrid and Venza due to a problem with the air-conditioning condensers.

Toyota told Edmunds that the defect has led to two minor injuries, but no accidents.

"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," said Toyota in a statement on Thursday. "In some instances, the airbag(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."

Toyota said loss of power assist results in increased steering effort.

Toyota dealers will apply sealant and install a cover to the air-conditioning condenser unit-housing seam located above the airbag control module.

The recall is expected to begin in early November. Owners can contact Toyota at 1-800-331-4331.

No information about the recall has been posted on the Web site of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which oversees vehicle recalls in the U.S.

Edmunds says: This is an issue you'll want to address quickly once you receive your recall notice. If you have a problem in the meantime, take your car into the dealership immediately.

Comments

  • The new GM, while GM is trying to become the old Toyota. Toyota=JUNK

  • nukedetroit nukedetroit Posts:

    I agree that Toyota seems hellbent on becoming GM, but GM will never, ver attain the high regard that Toyota enjoyed in the 90s. Failure in essentially inbred into GM's corporate culture, and let's not forget the UAW knuckledraggers working in its plants.

  • dg0472 dg0472 Posts:

    Condenser? Condensers don't lead water. They're in front of the radiator. I think they mean evaporator. Will Toyota now have to recall their recall? And even then, why would you put electronic parts under something that's prone to leaking water?

  • greenpony greenpony Posts:

    Just when you think Toyota has put their unintented acceleration "Moving Forward, Rapidly" behind them... BAM! An airbag explodes in your face.

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