The latest Toyota recall of 870,000 vehicles is due to some bizarre problems caused by spiders spinning webs inside an area of the air conditioning unit. In some cases spiders have spun webs setting off a series of events that have led to the air bags deploying, according to International Business Times on Oct. 18.
An air conditioning tube getting clogged by spider webs has caused air bags to deploy after water drips onto the air conditioning module due to the clog. If the drainage tube that extends out from the air conditioner is blocked with spider webs, this creates a short circuit with the airbag control module once the tube backs up and water starts dripping.
This scenario can cause the airbag warning light to flip on and go as far as having the driver’s airbag deploy. In certain instances this can also cause a loss of power-steering notes the Toyota recall.
Toyota vehicles being recalled: The vehicles involved in the recall are model year 2012 and 2013 Camrys, Venzas and Avalons. This includes the hybrid versions of those vehicles.
So far three cases of airbags deploying under these conditions have been reported. 35 cases of the airbag warning light going on have also been reported to Toyota, according to Toyota spokesperson Cindy Knight.
The cases investigated by Toyota showed that the spider webs were the only consistent cause of the blockages. Knight was unable to say that every case was caused by the spider webs.
How to get your car fixed: Owners of the cars will be notified by mail to bring their vehicles into an authorized Toyota dealer and get the necessary repairs at no charge to the car owners. Toyota will fix the vehicle to keep the water from dripping onto the airbag module.
This almost sounds like a Halloween story, spiders spinning a web in your car with the outcome of airbags deploying. Just knowing the possibility of spiders being under the hood of the car is enough to make many folk’s skin crawl. There are many people out there with a fear of the eight legged creatures!