Worldwide recall enacted to address electrical issue that can affect airbag and steering function
February 9, 2014 (Newswire) - The Toyota Motor Company has issued a global recall of over 885,000 vehicles over a possible electrical problem that has potential to keep airbags from deploying in the event of a crash. This is just the latest in a series of safety concerns that has plagued the automaker in just the past two model years.
This announcement comes mere days after the auto maker won a victory in California court related to the unintended acceleration issue which led to a recall of over 10 million vehicles manufactured by Toyota.
This most recent recall is due to a potential for a short circuit causing airbag warning lights to activate and ultimately disable the airbags, causing them to fail to deploy during an accident. In some cases, the airbags could also deploy on their own without warning.
Toyota claims that the problem is due to water from the air conditioning condenser leaking onto the airbag system's control module. The leak also has potential to cause other problems, including a short circuit that could disable the vehicle's power-steering system. In that instance, it could become either difficult or impossible to turn the vehicle, especially when traveling at lower speeds.
There have so far been two injuries linked to this issue, neither one life-threatening.
The recall covers their 2012 and 2013 model year Camry sedans and hybrids, Avalon sedans and hybrids and the Venza crossover.
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