2013 Toyota AvalonToyota has announced plans to voluntarily recall 803,000 vehicles from model years 2012 and 2013, over concerns with the air conditioning condenser housing. The recall covers the Camry, Camry Hybrid, Avalon, Avalon Hybrid and Venza, although the exact split between affected models wasn't available.

According to Toyota, the condenser can leak onto an airbag control module, which in turn could cause a short circuit. In most cases, this will just lead to an airbag warning light, but in rarer instances, the airbags could fail to deploy or pop out of their own accord. There's also a concern over a loss of power steering if the airbag control module develops a short.

It's unclear if there have been any injuries or crashes relating to the defects. Toyota will begin informing owners of affected vehicles via first class mail, and will ask them to report to dealerships for recall work, involving the installation of a cover on the condenser housing.

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Toyota Announces Voluntary Recall

TORRANCE, Calif., Oct. 17, 2013 - Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc., today announced it will conduct a voluntary safety recall of approximately 803,000 Model Year 2012-2013 Camry, Camry Hybrid, Avalon, Avalon Hybrid, and Venza vehicles due to a problem with the air conditioning condenser unit housing.

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

Owners of the involved vehicles will be notified by first class mail to return their vehicles to a Toyota dealer for the repair.

Detailed information is available to customers at www.toyota.com/recall and by calling the Toyota Customer Experience Center at 1-800-331-4331.


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      dollarbill
      • 1 Year Ago
      I like Toyota and have had them for years . BUT , think they are having serious design /engineering problems . I think about the rusty frame and suspension problems of the early Tacomas . My 05 Tacoma PreRunner crew had cracked leaf springs at 63k miles , (thanks Toyojunk) My F series trucks never had any issues at low miles .... So the recent bad publicity may be shedding light on Toyota's profit over customer service and quality . I know the domestic manufactures are making much more attractive and well engineered products . Perhaps a F150 series Diesel crew ?? Toyota ,,,,, Oh what a Feeling ????
      Cruising
      • 1 Year Ago
      Somehow it always manages to come back to the airbag system, granted water getting into any electronics can short it out but in this case it just happens to be the airbag module. What's more worrying as the article states is the "limited" possibility of loosing power assist to the steering because of a communicantion line in the airbag module getting shorted out. Sure airbags help to save lives but it's amazing how complex these systems are becoming that non related systems can affect it and vice versa.
      whofan
      • 1 Year Ago
      Since Toyota was called out on the sudden acceleration issue, they have their fair share of recalls. Toyota`s superior quality was just a myth. Sure a Toyota is a good car but so are the other makes including Chrysler( the American step child).
      randeedermer
      • 1 Year Ago
      Yet another feather in Toyota's impressive recall crown. Toyota is king of recalls with Honda as her queen.
        v8eater
        • 1 Year Ago
        @randeedermer
        You\'re an idiot
          • 1 Year Ago
          @v8eater
          [blocked]
          randeedermer
          • 1 Year Ago
          @v8eater
          Apparently you deal with facts equally as well as spelling. Toyota is perennially the most recalled make in the USA. That is a simple fact that you will have to learn to deal with. Calling someone an idiot shows a complete lack of thought. But since you don't know of Toyota's struggles, and instead spew invective, I'm not surprised.
          Dean Hammond
          • 1 Year Ago
          @v8eater
          exhibit A. In Toyotas defense though, the more cars you sell, the bigger the number of potential recalls....for instance, if they dint sell the amount they do, then their numbers would be somewhat less dis-turbing. Theres a penalty for being #1....
          Dean Hammond
          • 1 Year Ago
          @v8eater
          thast a bad stutter...
        marv.shocker
        • 1 Year Ago
        @randeedermer
        Uh, no...that'd be Ford. 9 recalls in three months on Escape, not to mention their other rushed-to-market crap boxes...
          Dean Hammond
          • 1 Year Ago
          @marv.shocker
          apologies for my typing...when oh when will Autoblog get and edit button?....arg! *thats, *another....sorry.
          Walt
          • 1 Year Ago
          @marv.shocker
          Ford's recalls were for a relatively small number of vehicles and were items caught by Ford and corrected early on. The typical Asian recall is hundreds of thousands of vehicles that have been on the road for several years. See the difference? Probably not.
          Dean Hammond
          • 1 Year Ago
          @marv.shocker
          see how that works Marv......you just got owned.....your best defense is NOT to attack another brand, thast just deflection....Toyota was #1 in recalls last year..THATS fact....naming anither brand doesnt change that.
        superchan7
        • 1 Year Ago
        @randeedermer
        Did you read the word "voluntary" in the article? Manufacturers are much more proactive in doing this nowadays. If people felt threatened, they wouldn't be buying Camrys at the tune of 300,000 per year in the US. I don't have or want any Toyota, but to use recalls to dismiss them as bad cars isn't very clever. Toyota says: "U M4D BR0?"
          Dean Hammond
          • 1 Year Ago
          @superchan7
          I d rather see a kicking and screaming recall...much more news worthy.......
          Dean Hammond
          • 1 Year Ago
          @superchan7
          NOT in toyotas defense this time, wonder why they are adressing the issues as never before?.....when you HIDE issues for as long as they did and get CAUGHT it results in instantaneous reaction.....
          randeedermer
          • 1 Year Ago
          @superchan7
          Nowhere did I state Toyotas are bad cars. Rather they are very average.
      Milwaukee, WY
      • 1 Year Ago
      They should crush them and issue the owners vouchers to purchase better cars.
      mapoftazifosho
      • 1 Year Ago
      Didn't Ford have to recall 9 million effing cars for a problem that could cause vehicles to spontaneously catch fire? This seems like a pro-active fix for a minor issue.
        accomplishedgeek
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mapoftazifosho
        Right on. All of these comments are unbelievable. Ford is no newcomer to recalls especially with fires in their vehicles. Fords are monstrously notorious for fires. And what about all those recalls Government Motors has been having on Cadillacs? Using American taxpayer's money that they have not repaid yet.
      360_AD
      • 1 Year Ago
      Let's go places, like back to the dealership.
        GR
        • 1 Year Ago
        @360_AD
        LOL! That's was awesome...and true.
      Larry
      • 1 Year Ago
      Good Lord toyota. You suck so bad. Don't worry though, the lemmings still believe you make good cars and will come back.
      DarkKnight67
      • 1 Year Ago
      Oh, what a feeling - to have it keep happening!
      GR
      • 1 Year Ago
      Down-vote me all you want, but it's becoming a trend: US-made Japanese cars are recall-prone. ALL of these models are made in the US and none of the models made in Japan are affected. Yes, it may be a design issue over a manufacturing one, but some of these models are designed in the US too (Avalon for certain). JDM variants are also pretty different. I'll stick to my Made in Japan Japanese cars. It only takes one visit to Japan to observe that the Japanese have a huge difference in work ethic, pride, and dedication. Not trying to hate on the American workforce (I'm an American), but I'd rather buy an American brand if the car was to be made in the US. Looks like domestics are getting better anyways while US-made foreign brands have a massive recall every month.
        FutureDoc
        • 1 Year Ago
        @GR
        It is not American workers' work product... it is domestic accountants using lower quality materials to make up for labor costs.
        chanonissan
        • 1 Year Ago
        @GR
        I agree same problem with nissan, the japan manufacture better nissans than the one make in usa, nissan did a survey with the help of JD power which rank their japan manufacture plants 4 out of 5, the European 3 and the american at 2. USA have the lowest number when it came to quality issues. The workers was very poor in there job. That is one off the reason the new Q50 is made in Japan to avoid a launch with serious quality issue. Same thing with honda, mazda and subaru are made in japan we ave heard of recalls but not in great numbers, compare to vehicle maufcture here in usa.
        Dean Hammond
        • 1 Year Ago
        @GR
        and GR, if you can PROVE to everyone here that the parts responsible for the recall were made HERE, then I\'ll gladly back down...until then the grounds for your statement have no foundation....
          GR
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Dean Hammond
          I'm more interested in your proof to support your ridiculous claim that these parts are made in Japan and assembled in the US prior to installation in US-made cars. It makes more sense (and is factual) that these parts are US-sourced by US suppliers. Also, I am not necessarily faulting US suppliers. The issue could be manufacturing at Toyota's front. Either way, again, in the US. There also seems to be empirical and even statistical data that Made in Japan models are better than non Japan-made Japanese cars. Don't think I'm anti-American. I like many American cars, but will not buy one made outside the US. An American car should have American parts suppliers and be made in America. I simply have the same sentiment for Japanese, German, whatever cars. The main reason is because of quality issues. I have a 1976 VW Westfalia camper. Any aircooled VW owner knows that German parts are much better than the Mexican or Brazilian parts even if they are the same parts. There is a difference in quality. Same thing applies to Japanese cars. I've owned a number of Made in Japan Japanese cars and they are nothing like these recall-prone US-made crap.
          Dean Hammond
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Dean Hammond
          I\'ll agree to dis-agree....I WILL agree on the old Aircooled VW\'s though, have had a LOT of experience with those beasts....ever heard one adjusted ( valves ) 180 wrong by a hungover art student?.....
          Dean Hammond
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Dean Hammond
          Sorry, your reading too much into my statement, and re-reading it I cant blame you, point taken, however a lot of the parts in a majority of Toyotas are sourced in their homeland GR, some not so much ( Camry ), my point is I dont beleive its ANYTHING to do with where they are assembled thats all, otherwise the other cars wouldnt be prone to the same number of recalls, and Toyotas seem to trangress their entirety...which debunks the \"where its made\" argument. And i wont stoop to name calling just because I dis-agree with someone....you shouldnt either, youre better than that. So we will agree to dis-agree....
        charles
        • 1 Year Ago
        @GR
        This is the same work ethic that caused a nuclear power plant to meltdown.
      Anthony Evelyn
      • 1 Year Ago
      Im not a big Toyota fan in the least, but I see nothing wrong here. These things happen now and again and its good the auto companies are doing these recalls. Yeah these recalls are annoying but nobody is perfect.
      Eta Carinae
      • 1 Year Ago
      People need to start reading those (**) subscripts before signing those buying contracts. .... **recalls will happen to your product from our $hitty build quality. Thanks for putting money in our pockets -toyota
        normc32
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Eta Carinae
        **being a beta tester is a priviledge. Don't believe what the haters on the blogs say.
        jtav2002
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Eta Carinae
        Find me a manufacturer that has no active recalls right now. I'll buy a vehicle from them.
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