870k Toyotas Recalled Due To Exploding Airbag/Spider Problem

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Do you drive a 2012 or 2013 Toyota? Do you hate spiders? Does the thought of your airbag randomly deploying while you’re driving make you nervous? If you answered yes to all of these questions, please read on.

Toyota has announced that it is recalling 870 thousand vehicles due to a spider infestation that could potentially cause your warning light to come one and even trigger the airbag to deploy without warning, CNN.com reports.  The Toyotas affected are 2012 and 2013 Camrys, Venzas, and Avalons.

Here’s how it happens: the affected Toyota models are infested with spiders. Those spiders in turn build webs, which can then block a drainage tube coming from the AC condenser. Subsequently, the build up of water leaks onto the airbag control module, which causes a short circuit. That short circuit could then cause the warning light to come on in the cabin and even make the driver’s side airbag deploy.

At least  there aren’t spiders exploding in your face. Thank goodness for small favors.

So far, at the time of writing, 35 warning lights have turned on and three airbags have been deployed, which Toyota believes may have been due to the spiders.

Owners are being notified by mail to take their carto the nearest Toyota dealer where the problem will be fixed. Free of charge, of course.


- Carlos Delgado, CBS Radio

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