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Toyota recalls 800K cars
Toyota Motor Engineering and Manufacturing is recalling 802,769 model year 2012-13 Avalon, Avalon HV, Venza, Camry and Camry HV vehicles because a drain hose for the air conditioning condenser may clog, causing water to accumulate at the bottom of the air conditioner condenser unit housing. Water may then leak through a seam in the housing onto the air bag control module and cause a short circuit, which could disable the air bags or cause them to inadvertently deploy. If the air bag accidentally deploys, it presents an increased the risk of injury or the possibility of a crash. Conversely, an inoperative airbag can increase the risk of injury during a severe crash. Meanwhile, the power steering assist could also become inoperable, resulting in more effort to steer and higher risk of a crash at low speeds. Toyota will notify owners while of the recall while dealers will make the repairs for free. Contact Toyota at 1-800-331-4331. For information about this and other recalls, call the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 or visit www.safercar.gov.