From Now On I'm Only Biking: Toyota Recalls Almost A Million Cars Because Of A Spider Issue

October 22, 2013


RETROACTIVE WARNING: Spider in car picture.

In news that almost makes me glad to have a ten-year old car that's ready to explode any minute, Toyota has recalled 870,000 Camrys, Venzas and Avalons built in 2012 and 2013 because spider webs can cause a blockage that makes the driver-side airbag deploy and the cars to lose power steering. No word what a rat's nest could do, but my guess ends with a fire on the interstate.

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

Could you imagine just driving down the road when your airbag deploys? You would probably crash. And then the airbag wouldn't do you any good BECAUSE IT'S ALREADY IN YOUR LAP. Probably on top of the burger you were eating. No lie, the other day I saw a guy driving with an open pizza box in his lap. Not a small either, this thing was an extra large, and he had to bend his arms around the lid to reach the steering wheel. When I was passing him I gave him a thumbs up before trying to ram him off the road.

Thanks to Joanna, who made a Charlotte's Web reference that made me sad because she dies in the end which got me thinking about Where the Red Fern Grows and it's all been downhill from there.

  • Selena Howe

    there was one in new hampsire not too long a go some one lost a tire to a construction vealical and it bounced off a few things and finely crushed a front of a car and killed some one now that is a final destination death.

  • Lisa Liel

    I read it as "RADIOACTIVE WARNING". Too much Spiderman on the brain, I guess.

  • TheChappellShow

    Why not my 2002 Carolla? I have found so many spiders

  • Brian Dunne

    Consumers often miss out on other reliable autos like Luxgen or BYD.

  • ODwanKenObi

    Sounds almost like Final Destination. Starts with a innocent spider making a web. Tubes get blocked. Starts leak on circuit board. Circuit board shorts. Air bag goes off. Car looses power steering. Car crashes with used up air bag. Final Destination reached. Roll Credits.

  • You had me until "innocent spider".

  • da1nonlysage
  • My Toyota dealer tried to charge me extra for the spider since it was on special this weekend only :/

  • TheDR

    Spiders will go great with your speed holes.

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