Toyota Suffers a Pest Problem

Toyota Suffers a Pest Problem

Toyota's latest recall has a Halloween themed twist! Toyota's recent 800 000 car recall due to spiders!

Toyota is announcing a recall for some 870 000 cars and the reason for this recall? A myriad of problems from airbag warning lights to the more serious spontaneous airbag deployment and sudden loss of power steering. Toyota have sourced the problematic activity to be caused by none other than natures web slinging critters, spiders.




Toyota claim that spiders trapped inside air conditioning condensers can spin webs that may block the condensers. The block can potentially cause a spillover into the air bag control module tripping up the sensors and in the worst case, resulting in spontaneous deployment of the airbag. The manufacturer claims that only the 2012 and 2013 Venza, Avalon, and Camry models are affected (including their hybrid variants). Thus far, the problem isn’t widespread enough to cause serious concern with only 3 documented cases of spontaneous airbag deployment and 35 cases of incorrect airbag warning lights. Regardless, Toyota Motor Company considers this voluntary recall as a better safer-than-sorry measure (especially given the media backlash from the sudden unintended acceleration “problem” back in 2009/2010).


2013 Toyota Avalon


Interestingly enough, this isn’t the first time a manufacturer has announced a recall due to a bug in their cars (literally). In 2011 Mazda announced a recall to their Mazda6 line of cars because of spiders potentially clogging the fuel lines in the car. Still though, with Halloween just around the corner and the Halloween promotions just beginning to ramp up at least Toyota manages to keep their media exposure in line with the spirit of the season.


Source: The Verge

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