Recall Roundup: Three Toyota Models Recalled Due to Air Bag Concerns
By: Jeff Youngs, 10/21/2013
2012-2013 Toyota Avalon
2012-2013 Toyota Camry
2012-2013 Toyota Venza
Toyota is recalling certain model-year 2012-2013 Avalon, Camry and Venza vehicles over concerns of inadvertent air bag deployment. In the affected vehicles, the drain hose for the air conditioning condenser may become clogged, causing water to accumulate at the bottom of the air conditioning condenser unit housing. The accumulated water may then leak through a seam in the housing onto the air bag control module. This could result in a short circuit of the module, which in turn could cause the air bags to become disabled, increasing the risk of injury in a crash, or to inadvertently deploy, which could also create a risk of injury. The power steering assist could also become inoperable, resulting in increased steering effort and increases the risk of a crash at low speeds.
Toyota will notify owners of the affected vehicles, and dealers will seal the air conditioning condenser unit housing and install a protective cover on the air bag control module, free of charge. Owners may contact Toyota at 1-800-331-4331, referencing NHTSA recall campaign ID number 13V442000.
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