Friday, October 18, 2013

Toyota Recalls Over 800k Vehicles

Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc., announced yesterday that it will conduct a voluntary safety recall of approximately 803,000 Model Year 2012-2013 Camry, Camry Hybrid, Avalon, Avalon Hybrid, and Venza vehicles due to a problem with the air conditioning condenser unit housing.
 

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, the automaker said in a statement.  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.


To remedy this issue, Toyota dealers will apply sealant and install a cover to the air conditioning condenser unit housing seam located above the airbag control module.


Owners of the involved vehicles will be notified by first class mail to return their vehicles to a Toyota dealer for the repair.


Detailed information is available to customers at www.toyota.com/recall and by calling the Toyota Customer Experience Center at 1-800-331-4331.