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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.