Toyota is recalling 870,000 vehicles due to a problem with an air conditioner part, which could cause airbags to deploy unnecessarily.
In some cases, the problem was caused by spiders.
The spiders' web can create a blockage in a drainage tube coming from the air conditioning condenser, which can cause water to drip down onto the air bag control module. This is causing the module to short circuit, which in turn could cause the airbag warning light to light up, and even risk the driver's side airbag to deploy.
Toyota also reported that there could be a loss of power-steering force.
The vehicles in the recall are model year 2012 and 2013 Camrys, Venzas, Avalons, including the hybrid versions.
Toyota has reported three airbag deployments as a result of the spiders, and 35 cases of warning lights coming on. To fix the issue, Toyota will make fixes to block water from dripping onto the airbag module. Repairs will be performed at no charge.
In 2011, Mazda recalled 52,000 Mazda6 sedans for a problem caused by spiders and their webs inside a vent line for the gas tank.
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Source: CNN, "870k Toyotas recalled for spider-related problem," Oct. 17, 2013.