Toyota recalling 803,000 vehicles over airbag issue

A leaky air conditioner condenser could lead to airbag problems in 803,000 late-model Toyota vehicles.

Toyota is launching a recall campaign to address a problem that could lead to airbag deployment without a crash in 803,000 U.S.-market vehicles.

Affected models include the 2012-2013 Camry, Camry Hybrid, Avalon, Avalon Hybrid and Venza. On top of the recalled U.S. cars, about 82,000 additional vehicles are being called back in 18 other countries.

According to Toyota, water from the air conditioning condenser unit housing could leak onto the airbag control module and cause a short circuit. When this happens, the airbag warning light will illuminate, and in some situations, the airbags could become disabled or inadvertently deploy.

The leaky condenser housing could also potentially knock out the power steering assist by damaging a communication line.

Toyota has received three reports of untimely airbag deployments and two of minor injuries but is unaware of any accidents resulting from the issue, company spokesman Cindy Knight said.

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

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