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Toyota Sienna Minivan Recall

Posted by Jane Akre
Friday, April 16, 2010 7:40 PM EST
Category: On The Road
Tags: Toyota, Sienna, Recall, NHTSA

Sienna minivan are being recalled for a rusty tapare tire arms  in colder states.


IMAGE SOURCE: Toyota Sienna Web site

Embattled Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. announced Friday that one more vehicle is being recalled.

600,000 Sienna minivans are under a voluntary recall in the U.S. because of the potential for the spare tire to fall out on the roadway posing a hazard to others. 270,000 Sienna minivans sold in Canada are also covered in the recall.

The problem exists on 1998 through 2010 model years.

Customers can bring their vehicle in for an inspection.

The problem developed in areas of the country that use salt on the road to navigate through snow which causes a rear cable holding the spare tire in place to corrode after long-term exposure.

Owners in certain states will receive the recall notice- District of Columbia, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, Vermont, Wisconsin, and West Virginia, reports Reuters.

“Continued prolonged exposure to road salts may cause excessive corrosion of the carrier cable in some of these vehicles,” the company said in a statement.

Toyota does not have a remedy at this time. The same problem led to a recall of the Tacoma truck last year which rested from salt used on snowy roads.

The Sienna joins the more than 8 million cars and trucks recalled by Toyota due to sudden acceleration and sticking gas pedals.

This week, Consumer Reports issued a “Don’t Buy” recommendation for the problematic Lexus GX 460 SUV over a stability problem. Toyota has not yet decided whether it will recall the GX 460.

Meanwhile, a House committee said Friday it plans another hearing in runaway Toyotas. More inside company documentation will be requested to review how Toyota dealt with the potential electronic problems in its cars.

The hearing, in front of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, is scheduled for May 6, reports AP.

Toyota denies the sudden acceleration problem in its vehicle is electronic in origin.

The company may be facing more fines if it is determined that there were additional delays in reporting. The Transportation Department has already fined Toyota $16.4 million for a delay in reporting defective gas pedals to the government. #

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