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803,000 vehicles made by Toyota being recalled

Many Ohio residents own and drive a Toyota vehicle. Those people should be aware of a massive recall of certain Toyota models that was recently announced. The recall includes 2012 and 2013 model year Toyota Camry, Camry Hybrid, Avalon, Avalon Hybrid and Venza vehicles. Toyota believes that a free repair will help solve the issues some owners have regarding airbag and power steering malfunctions.

The air conditioning condenser unit creates the issues. Condensation from the unit can drip onto the airbag control module and leak inside, causing electronics to short circuit. When the short circuit occurs, the airbag warning light comes on. In some cases, the short circuit causes the air bag to become disabled. In others, the airbag deploys inadvertently.

Toyota says that another problem can arise that causes the power steering to stop working. This can be dangerous due to the increased amount of effort required to steer without the power steering. Toyota will repair the vehicle by placing sealant and a new cover on the air conditioning condensing unit.

With so many cars potentially having this issue and owners who have been or could be hurt because of it, many may benefit from a better understanding of product liability. If a person is injured due to a defective product, they may be able to seek compensation for any damages that the defect caused them or their vehicle. These damages can include medical bills and wages lost due to an injury sustained because of the defective product. An attorney may be able to help someone filing a product liability case understand how such a case works and determine what, if any, value it has.

Source: USA Today, "Toyota recalls 803,000 Camrys, other models", Chris Woodyard and Jennifer Geiger, October 17, 2013

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