Toyota Recall Fueled By Spiderwebs
Airbag issue may affect 885K Camrys, Venzas, Avalons
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Oct 18, 2013 2:01 AM CDT
Toyota has a spider issue.   (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

(Newser) – It's another recall for Toyota, this time over a potential airbag flaw—a problem exacerbated by rogue spiders. Spiderwebs, CNNMoney explains, can block air conditioning drainage tubes in the affected 2012 and 2013 Camrys, Venzas, and Avalons (including hybrid models). Water can end up dripping into airbag controls; warning lights may then turn on, and airbags may "become disabled or could inadvertently deploy," the company says, per the BBC.

Warning lights have turned on in 35 cases, to Toyota's knowledge, and airbags have inflated three times. When the company probed the issue, spiderwebs were "the only consistent cause," CNNMoney notes. The company is recalling 847,000 vehicles in North America and tens of thousands more worldwide, for a total of 885,000, according to the BBC. Mazda had a spider problem in 2011.

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People_Suck
Oct 19, 2013 12:49 AM CDT
This was a big problem for cars that had the ECU under the passenger seat. When the drain line clogged the evaporator pan would overflow onto the floor. If you didn't have a passenger for a while you would never know it was leaking because the under padding absorbed the water away from the carpet so it didn't look wet. The water would eventually pool in the recessed area under the seat and short the ECU.
iq145
Oct 18, 2013 9:31 PM CDT
Buy American, people! Buy American!
Norman Johnson
Oct 18, 2013 4:40 PM CDT
A lot of cars get clogged ac drains.You have to squirt some high pressure water in them now and then from a garden hose and some soap too, to clear out the old leaf junk and spider webs and such.I'm surprised this problem set off the airbag alarm.Usually water just overflows into the passenger side footwell.