Toyota Avalon, Camry Hybrids Part Of Large Recall

Owners of 2012-2013 Toyota Camry and Avalon hybrid owners take note – your vehicles are part of an over 800,000 vehicle recall issued last week by the Japanese automaker due to a problem with the air conditioning condenser unit housing. Owners of the involved vehicles will be notified by first class mail to return their vehicles to a Toyota dealer for a voluntary repair.

Toyota Camry Hybrid

Toyota Camry Hybrid at 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show (image copyright EarthTechling)

Toyota said that 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.

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

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