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? . .
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