Toyota is apparently too busy throwing environmentalist parties for celebrities to make sure their cars are built properly. They just announced yet another major recall, this time involving 803,000 Toyotas of 2012-2013 production with leaky air con condenser units.
The models involved include Camry, Camry Hybrid, Avalon, Avalon Hybrid, and Venza, and they all suffer from a problem with the air conditioning condenser unit housing. Apparently, 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.
There is also a possibility that the issue can affect the steering system. The power steering assist function could become inoperable if a communication line in the airbag control module is damaged. Loss of power steering assist results in increased steering effort.
The owners of the 803,000 Toyotas recalled will be notified by the company, who will set them a time for a free repair at the dealerships.