2011-2012 Toyota Sienna: Recall Alert

December 2, 2011

Toyota is recalling certain 2011-2012 model year Toyota Sienna minivans because of an incorrect tire and load information placard.

A notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) site lists the potential number of affected vehicles at 210,000. Documentation from Toyota to NHTSA indicates that not all of the 2011-2012 Siennas involved in the safety recall were sold in the U.S. Affected vehicles were built from January 24, 2010 through a date to be determined.

The NHTSA notice indicates that the affected vehicles fail to comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) Number 110, “Tire Selections and Rims,” by not displaying the correct vehicle capacity rate as the rated load for the combination of cargo and occupants.

Such incorrect information could lead to tire overloading, possibly causing subsequent tire failure, which could increase the risk of a crash.

The recall was prompted by a recent NHTSA FMVSS 110 test of a 2011 Toyota Sienna in which the vehicle did not meet the standard. The agency notified Toyota on November 4 of the noncompliance.

Toyota will mail out a corrected placard to owners of affected vehicles along with revised owner’s manual information. Although no remedy plan or owner notification schedule has yet been provided, owners of 2011-2012 Toyota Sienna minivans with any questions or concerns may contact Toyota at 1-800-331-4331.

Alternatively, owners of vehicles involved in the campaign may contact the NHTSA’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 or go to http://www.safercar.gov.  Reference the NHTSA campaign ID No. 11V560000.

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