Tuesday, October 22, 2013

2012-2013 Toyota Avalons,Venzas & Camry's Recalled | Joe & Tony's Service

NHTSA announced that certain model year 2012-2013 of the above Toyota vehicles are being recalled. The problem that these passenger cars suffer from is a drain hose in the air conditioner condenser housing that clogs up.This is a common problem with nearly all AC equipped vehicles as anyone in the repair industry can attest. All kinds of debris, dried up condensate and even spider webs fill up the drain hole of the housing which causes the housing to accumulate water.

Serious consequences- On these vehicles, however, the moisture in the condenser housing is migrating next door to the airbag control module. The result is that moisture or corrosion could cause a short circuit in the module and initiate an inadvertent deployment of the airbag. The condition may also cause the disabling of the airbag. Both consequences are serious- in the former scenario the driver loses control of the vehicle, in the latter he or she becomes unprotected in a crash. NHTSA also warns that power steering assist is compromised adding to the risk of a low speed crash.

The fix- Toyota will seal the housing and wrap or otherwise protect the module free of charge. Owners can call 1-800-331-4331 for additional information.

Comment- What a disappointment! It's not like the condensate problem is anything new, wouldn't it be prudent to look at adjacent systems and parts to make sure that safety related failures would not be an issue? .    .

Back Side of Airbag/Clockspring Assembly
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