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Recall of the Week: Toyota Camry, Avalon, Venza models due to clogged air conditioning, air bag issues

Toyota is recalling more than 800,000 vehicles from model years 2012-2013.

In the Avalon, Avalon HV, Venza, Camry, and Camry HV vehicles involved, the drain hose for the air conditioning condenser may become clogged causing water to pool at the bottom of the air conditioning condenser unit housing. The water could leak through a seam onto the air bag control module, possibly causing a short circuit.

A short circuit may cause the air bags to become disabled or inadvertently deploy.

Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will seal the air conditioning condenser unit housing and install a protective cover on the airbag control module, free of charge.

The manufacturer hasn’t provided a notification schedule, said the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Owners can contact Toyota at 800-331-4331.

Owners can also contact the NHTSA’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 888-327-4236, or go to www.safercar.gov.

Copyright 2013, Rita R. Robison, Consumer Specialist

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