The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

October 18, 2013

Toyota recalls 800,000 Camry, Avalon, Venza models

By Jerry Hirsch
Los Angeles Times

Toyota will recall about 803,000 cars, including the Camry, Avalon, and Venza, because of a problem that could inadvertently set off an airbag or shut down the power steering on the vehicles.

All of the cars are from the 2012 and 2013 model years. Even the hybrid versions of the Avalon and Camry are included.

Toyota said water from the air conditioning condenser unit housing could leak onto the airbag control module in the cars and cause a short circuit. This can trigger the airbag warning light and in some instances, it will disable an air bag. In two cases, an air bag has unexpectedly deployed. There were two minor injuries, according to the automaker.

Also, the power steering assist function could become inoperable if a wire in the airbag control module is damaged.

Toyota plans to fix the problem by applying sealant and installing a cover to the air conditioning condenser unit housing seam located above the airbag control module.

Owners will be notified by mail.