Toyota recall: no UK cars affected

Toyota Venza
17 Oct, 2013 6:54pm Iain Reid

Toyota to recall 885,000 cars worldwide, but no UK models involved

Toyota will recall more than 885,000 vehicles worldwide because of a potential problem with the cars' air-conditioning, which in turn could cause problems with the airbags.

The recall is for the Camry, Camry Hybrid, Avalon, Avalon Hybrid and the Venza crossover, but as these models are not sold in the UK, no British Toyota owners will be affected.

Toyota says that in the affected cars built between August 2011 and June 2013 there is a risk of water collecting at the bottom of the air-conditioning condenser unit, should a drain hose become clogged. Accumulated water may leak through on to the adjacent airbag control module. If the circuit inside the module becomes wet, a short circuit may occur, resulting in the airbag warning light coming on. In some cases, airbags could become disabled, or be inadvertently deployed.

The last time UK customers were affected by a Toyota recall was during the summer when more than 5,000 Toyota Yaris and Verso S cars were recalled because of a potential power steering problem.

Despite the headlines, recalls are a common occurrence. To find out more: Everything you need to know about car recalls.