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Toyota recalls 870,000 Sienna Minivans In The U.S. And Canada

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Angular Front Exterior View - 2010 Toyota Sienna 5dr 8-Pass Van CE FWD (Natl)

Angular Front Exterior View - 2010 Toyota Sienna 5dr 8-Pass Van CE FWD (Natl)

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Side Exterior View - 2010 Toyota Sienna 5dr 8-Pass Van CE FWD (Natl)

Side Exterior View - 2010 Toyota Sienna 5dr 8-Pass Van CE FWD (Natl)

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Toyota has announced a recall of Siennas from the 1998 - 2010 model years. Since the Sienna launched as a '98, that means every Sienna on the road is now up for inspection. In all, the recall affects 600,000 vehicles in the U.S. and another 270,000 in Canada

At issue is a cable that holds the Sienna's spare tire in place. In parts of the country that use road salt in icy weather, the cable can corrode, causing the spare to separate from the vehicle -- leaving drivers without an extra tire and everyone behind them with a dangerous road hazard. There's no official remedy for the problem yet, but Toyota suggests owners in targeted regions bring their vehicles to a dealer for an inspection.

As you'd imagine, the recall is aimed primarily at Siennas in cold-weather areas -- namely, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, Vermont, Wisconsin, West Virginia, the District of Columbia, and Canada. However, drivers in other states can opt to have their vehicles examined, too -- and we recommend that they do.

Of course, Toyota needs another recall like it needs a hole in that dangling spare tire. Aside from the automaker's well-publicized troubles with sudden acceleration (which may or may not be grounded in fact), Toyota last week pulled the Lexus GX460 SUV from showroom floors amid rollover concerns. There's no word on the number of complaints Toyota has received about this new problem or whether any injuries were sustained because of dropped spares, but given everything else that's gone on, Toyota clearly isn't taking any chances.

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Comments (10)
  1. This sounds familiar, where have I heard this before?
     
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  2. Should Toyota do what smart politicians do when trouble hits... and do all the recalling they need to do at once, instead of letting it come in drips and drabs over months ?
     
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  3. seems like toyota is at this point going well above and beyond the "getting ahead of this one" approach. i have to think if every auto manufacturer took a close look at the corrosive impact salt, etc has on different parts of their vehicles (some of which could have pretty negative consequences if they "snapped", "broke" or otherwise fell apart), there'd be a lot of recalling going on. i mean, good for you toyota, but this one should not receive negative press imho.
     
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  4. I think these recalls might become a regular thing until everyone is in love with Toyota again.
     
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  5. It's just a f-ing piece of wire that holds the spare in one place... Yeah, it rusts eventually, your brakes wear out too and there's no recall on those but you can really kill someone when your pads are gone. I think the bigger issue on the Sienna is the chain for the auto door mechanism that rusts and breaks after 4-5 years and you have to shell out 2K to fix it. No car is perfect but c'mon, this will not make me run out and buy the T&C 'cause its spare is firmly in place. It's still a POS.
     
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  6. the name Toyota is starting to be synonymous with Recall-doesnt bode will for japanese brands
     
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  7. The fact that Toyota has now had TWO separate recalls around rusting spare tire carriers (Tundra was other) makes me think they could take a little advice on engineering for snow & road salt from GM & Ford. Say what you will about Detroit, it's in the snow belt and they know how to handle that. They do now, anyway.
     
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  8. Sounds lie Toyota is beginning to get ahead of the issue rather than allowing the problems to mount.
     
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  9. See you silly, you should have stuck with the worlds best mini-van, the Chrysler Town and Country. Silly, fooled by the import car myth. Silly silly !!!!
     
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  10. I considered Toyota as making the most reliable cars, I'm not sure what to think of them these days.
    On the other hand - god only knows what issues other auto makers have but don't expose...
     
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