Spiders cause some Toyota recalls; company issues 2nd recall for 700k vehicles after bad fix
9:38 AM, Oct 18, 2013
1:47 PM, Oct 18, 2013
Hundreds of thousands of Toyota owners will soon receive an unusual letter in the mail.
Some will learn that spiders could be clogging an air conditioner part, which may cause their airbags to deploy even without being in a wreck. That's according to a report by
CNN Money , which says the recall affects 870,000 vehicles -- "2012 and 2013 Camrys, Venzas and Avalons, including hybrid versions of those cars."
For other Toyota owners, the letter will tell them their car is being recalled for a second time to fix the suspension, because the first recall didn't work.
Recall fix leads to more problems
One woman believes she almost had an accident because of a bad recall repair.
Charlene York says she is lucky to be alive, after a harrowing incident while she and her husband were on the interstate.
"The car, he couldn't control it," York said. "He ended up going across the passing lane, and into the median. At that moment it felt like our life was passing before our eyes."
Luckily they stopped the car without a crash.
A tow truck took it to a nearby Toyota dealer, who diagnosed a broken suspension part, which allowed the wheel to flop around, according to her service invoice..
"The rear wheel was bent in, to almost a 45-degree angle," York explained.
Vehicle had just been repaired
But what shocked York is that just a few weeks earlier, her Toyota dealer did a recall repair on that exact same suspension part.
"They said oh by the way, we also fixed your fight rear suspension arm," she said. But it apparently did not take care of the problem.