TORRANCE, California — Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A. is recalling approximately 52,000 2011-'12 Toyota Avalon sedans because of a fire risk due to a subwoofer that could overheat, the automaker said on Wednesday.
"In the involved vehicles, cargo could contact one of the audio system subwoofer wires located inside the trunk, and move the wire out of its normal position," Toyota said in a statement. "If one of these wires contacts the metal frame of the subwoofer, it may result in an intermittent short circuit.
"If this occurs, the subwoofer could overheat, increasing the risk of a fire."
Toyota said it is not aware of any crashes, injuries or fatalities linked to the recall.
Toyota dealers will repair the audio system. Until the remedy is available, dealers will disconnect the rear subwoofer as a precaution. A date has not been set for the recall. Owners can contact Toyota customer service 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 safety in the U.S.
Edmunds says: If you own one of these Toyota Avalon sedans, make a service appointment with your dealer to have the subwoofer disconnected and then ask about next steps.