Toyotas can't deal with spiders

Toyota recalls 870,000 cars because spiderwebs could cause their airbags to suddenly deploy.

The 2013 Camry, one of the spider-affected models. Toyota

I always thought car manufacturers thought of everything.

They realize you might live in a hot or a cold climate. They know that some people drive more roughly than others.

However, it seems that Toyota's designers hadn't quite accounted for spiders.

According to CNN Money, 870,000 Toyotas are being recalled because if spiders get inside and weave a web, passengers might have an interesting pattern imprinted on their faces, when the airbag suddenly deploys for no apparent reason.

Here is the explanation: spiderwebs can, on occasion, actually block drainage tubes connected to the air conditioning condenser. Coincidentally, one result of this might be that water drips down onto an airbag control module, causes a short circuit which, in turn, puts the airbag system in a tizzy.

All of this could result in the passenger side airbag greeting you unexpectedly.

The vehicles involved are 2012 and 2013 Camrys, Venzas, and Avalons.

Toyota acknowledged to CNN Money that it knows of three airbag deployments and 35 instances when the airbag warning light came on. The only link was spiderwebs.

I am not sure how one can prevent spiders weaving their way inside one's car. Clearly, though, Toyota believes it has fashioned a fix for this peculiar problem.

 

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