Washington — Toyota Motor Corp. said Thursday it is recalling 885,000 vehicles worldwide due to air bags that could inadvertently deploy because of an electrical problem. The recall includes the 2012-2013 Camry, Camry Hybrid, Avalon, Avalon Hybrid and Venza.
The recall covers 803,000 vehicles in the United States. Toyota spokeswoman Cindy Knight said two minor injuries have been reported and no crashes. In the North American market, Toyota has received 35 reports of the air bag warning light turning on, and three reports of inadvertent deployment of the air bag.
Toyota said water from the air conditioning condenser unit housing could leak water onto the air bag control module and cause a short circuit. That could cause the air bag warning light to turn on, or the air bags could become disabled or could inadvertently deploy.
Toyota said the power-steering assist function could also become inoperable if a communication line in the air bag control module is damaged. Loss of power-steering assist results in increased steering effort.
Toyota dealers will apply sealant and install a cover to the air conditioning condenser unit housing seam located above the airbag control module.