A Toyota recall caused by an airbag defect has affected 885,000 vehicles worldwide. According to reports, 35 cases of airbag warning lights and three cases of accidental airbag deployment have been linked to the defect. Though two minor injuries have been reported, Toyota assures no accidents in connection to the defect have been reported.

The defect originates from the air-conditioning units. Condensation from the air-conditional may cause water drops to fall over the the airbag control unit and cause a short circuit malfunction. If an airbag computer board suffers a short circuit, the airbags may deploy accidentally or never deploy at all.

“In the involved vehicles, water from the air conditioning condenser unit housing could leak onto the airbag control module and cause a short circuit, resulting in illumination of the airbag warning light,” stated a Toyota recall announcement. “In some instances, the air bag(s) could become disabled or could inadvertently deploy.

“In limited instances, the power steering assist function could also become inoperable if a communication line in the airbag control module is damaged. Loss of power steering assist results in increased steering effort.”

According to some technicians, improper drainage from the air-conditioning unit is a likely cause. Toyota suspects spider webs are blocking a drainage tube inside the unit. The Toyota recall will include replacement of the air-conditioner tube and apply sealants as well. Affected Toyota owners are asked to make appointments with authorized Toyota dealerships. Recalled vehicles were be addressed free of charge. Models affected by the Toyota recall include model year 2012 and 2013 Toyota Camry, Camry Hybrid, Avalon, Avalon Hybrid, and Venza vehicles.