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870,000 Toyotas Recalled Due to "Spider-Related Problem"

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Did we stutter? Almost one million Toyotas. Recalled. Because spiders.

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Via CNN:

Sometimes, their webs can create a blockage in a drainage tube coming from the air conditioning condenser. That can cause water to drip down onto an airbag control module, causing a short circuit. That, in turn, could cause the airbag warning light to light up on the dashboard and it could even cause the driver's side airbag to deploy, something that happens with explosive force.

In summary: Spider webs can cause your airbags to deploy unnecessarily. But wait, there's more!

In some cases, there could also be a loss of power-steering force, Toyota (TM) said.

The vehicles involved are model year 2012 and 2013 Camrys, Venzas and Avalons, including hybrid versions of those cars.


Please note: this is not the first time a car manufacturer has recalled vehicles due to spiders.