Toyota Recalls 870,000 Sienna Minivans in North America

The recall nightmare isn’t over for Toyota. The Japanese company announced it would recall 870,000 Sienna minivans sold in the United States and Canada since the 1998 model year because of a risk that the spare tire could drop onto the road. This new recall comes just days after Toyota halted sales of its Lexus GX 460 SUV, after Consumer Reports magazine warned that the car is prone to rollover.

The Sienna recalls involve minivans sold in Canada and in 20 U.S. states affected by cold-weather. The reason for this is that potential corrosion from long-term exposure to road salt could affect the spare tire cable, causing it to break loose, separating from the vehicle. The recalls cover around 600,000 two-wheel-drive Sienna minivans produced between 1998 and 2010 and sold in the U.S. and 270,000 units sold in Canada.

This new recall drives the total number of Toyota recalls to more than 9,3 million. Most of them having dealt with the risk of unintended acceleration due to faulty gas pedals or from floor mats that can affect the normal function of the pedals. The Prius and other hybrids have also been recalled for brake problems.

Owners of Sienna minivans will receive a letter urging them to bring their cars to a dealership for inspection while Toyota finds a solution to the problem. The recall covers vehicles sold or registered in the District of Columbia as well as Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, Wisconsin and West Virginia.

However, owners from other states that are worried about their cars having the same problem can choose to have their vehicles inspected.
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