Just in time for Halloween; spiders in your Toyota!

Avalon Hybrid. (Photo from Toyota)

Avalon Hybrid. (Photo from Toyota)

Toyota is recalling roughly 800,000 cars because the condenser used for the air conditioning system can cause condensation to drip on a control unit for the airbags, causing a warning light to come on. The issue Toyota didn’t mention in the official recall was that it also creates an attractive environment for spiders!

The dripping from the condenser landing on the airbag control module happens as spiders weave webs inside the condenser’s drainage tube, blocking the tube’s ability to keep the water from going where it shouldn’t.

Toyota says it will add a seal that should fix the problem. Owners will be notified by letters in the mail but you can always call your dealer if you want to see if your car is part of the recall. Affected models are from the 2012 and 2013 model years and include:

  • Camry
  • Camry Hybrid
  • Venza
  • Avalon
  • Avalon Hybrid

To read more about the recall, check out these interesting sources:

Happy Arachtober! There are Spiders in Your Car (Wired)

Toyota Is Recalling More Than 800,000 Cars Because of Spiders (The Atlantic)


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