Toyota owners in Texas may be interested in a recent recall. The automaker
has announced that it is recalling 803,000 cars in the United States due
to a problem that could cause airbags to malfunction. The affected models
include the 2012 and 2013 Venza, Camry, Camry Hybrids, Avalon, and Avalon
Hybrids. The recall announcement coincided with the day that the National
Highway Traffic Safety Administration reopened after the government shutdown.
According to media sources, an issue with the housing for the air-conditioning
condenser units in the recalled vehicles could cause the airbags to open
inadvertently or fail completely. When water from the condenser drips
from the housing, it could leak onto the airbag control module. As a result,
the unit could short circuit, causing airbag warning lights turn on and
the airbags to either fail or deploy without cause or warning.
The automaker also says that in some instances power steering is also affected
by the condenser unit issue. Because it takes increased effort to control
the wheel of a vehicle without power steering, Toyota warns that the loss
of power steering while driving could be dangerous.
Toyota indicates that the problem is easily repaired and that repairs are
expected to prevent further issues. Toyota owners are being asked to take
their affected vehicles to their Toyota dealership to have the repair
performed at no cost.
Motorists in Texas might be aware that if they are injured in an accident
due to the negligence of another driver, they could seek compensation
for losses through a civil court proceeding. However, some crashes are
defective auto parts. An attorney could help clients who have been injured by a defective auto
product determine liability and file a claim.
Source: USA Today, "Toyota recalls 803,000 Camrys, other models", Chris Woodyard and Jennifer Geiger, October 17, 2013