Toyota Recalls More Than 800,000 U.S. Cars for Air Bag Problem

Thursday, Oct 17, 2013  |  Updated 10:16 PM EDT
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Toyota Recalls 800,000 Cars for Air Bag Problem

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The 2013 Toyota Avalon Hybrid is among the more than 800,000 Toyota is recalling over problems with the air bags and power steering.

Toyota is recalling 803,000 vehicles in the U.S. because their air bags or power steering could stop working.

The Camry and Camry hybrid, Avalon and Avalon hybrid and Venza from the 2012 and 2013 model years are affected.

Toyota says water from the air conditioning condenser can leak onto the air bag control module and cause a short circuit. That could illuminate the air bag warning light, disable the air bag or cause the air bags to deploy inadvertently.

The power steering assist function could also become inoperable if the air bag control module is damaged, making the vehicles harder to steer.

Toyota knows of two minor injuries, but no accidents, related to the defect.

Owners will be notified starting next month. Toyota dealers will repair the problem for free.

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