Toyota recalls 885,000 vehicles globally following fears that spiders could set off airbags

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Toyota recalls 885,000 vehicles globally following fears that spiders could set off airbags

Toyota has announced a global recall for a number of models built at its factories in the USA to correct a potential problem affecting the air conditioning evaporator unit housing.

Several customers complained that airbags were being unnecessarily deployed and the issue has been traced back to water collecting at the bottom of the air conditioning evaporator unit due to a blockage in the draining hose.

Early complaints stated that spiders, that had set up home and created webs near the air conditioning evaporator units, had caused the blockage. Water from the blocked pipes subsequently leaked onto the adjacent airbag control module and caused them to be disabled or inadvertently go off.

A Toyota spokesperson told AOL Cars: "We have received two minor injury incidents connected to this issue; there have been no reports of any vehicle accidents."

The spokesperson added: "There have been fewer than 35 reports of airbag warning lights illuminating and three inadvertent deployments but we have taken the matter seriously and have recalled the vehicles, none of which are based in the UK."

The drainage hose blockage can be caused by a number of factors but early examples were reported in areas of the United States where spiders are particularly prevalent and the first reported case was found to have been directly related to the pesky arachnid's webs.

"Out of over a million Toyota's on the world's roads, we have only received a tiny number of complaints," said a Toyota spokesperson.

"Customers shouldn't worry and those that are affected will be contacted and the necessary fixes will be made free of charge."