Toyota Motor Co., which claims to be the world’s best-selling automaker, has recalled 803,000 newer model vehicles. A potential short circuit may cause airbags and power-steering to be disabled.The affected vehicles are the Camry and Camry hybrid, Avalon and Avalon hybrid and Venza of the 2012 and 2013 model year. According to Toyota, the short circuit is caused by a possible water leak from the air conditioning condenser onto the air bag control module. This issue may also be responsible for additional problems, such as disabling the power-steering system or causing the airbags to deploy involuntarily. Toyota claims the recall has been responsible for only two known “minor” injuries, but no accidents.
Toyota will notify both owners and dealers in order to make repairs on affected automobiles free of charge. The maintenance will require the application of sealant and a new cover to prevent water from leaking onto the airbag control module. There have been more than 1.5 million vehicles recalled by Toyota in the past few weeks caused by a mix of random problems.
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