2010-2011 Toyota Corolla, 2011-12 Toyota Sienna Subject To Two Recalls

December 5, 2011

Toyota has issued two recalls for the 2010-2011 Corolla and the 2011-12 Sienna. Both vehicles appear to suffer from problems with the A-pillar trim panel (at the front of the vehicle's interior), which could cause additional problems during a crash. The Sienna also has some problems with its stated load capacity, which might result in tire failure.

The A-pillar problem affects 2010-2010 Corollas and the 2011 Sienna -- specifically, vehicles sold through Southeast Toyota Distributors in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and South  Carolina. According to a bulletin from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 518 of these vehicles were purchased with overhead entertainment, navigation, and/or Bluetooth hands-free devices. During the process of that aftermarket equipment, it's possible that the A-pillar garnish clip was damaged (PDF). If that's the case, the A-pillar trim panel could come loose during a crash, causing additional injury to occupants. 

Toyota will begin notifying owners of affected vehicles this month, and dealers will replace defective clips free of charge. If you have questions, contact Southeast Toyota at 800-301-6859, or call the NHTSA at 888-327-4236 and reference recall #11V566000.

The second recall affects 2011-2012 Siennas. The notice from the NHTSA explains that "These vehicles do not meet the requirement for displaying the correct vehicle capacity weight as the rated load for the combination of cargo and occupants." Because of that mis-labeling, owners may not inflate their tires to the proper pressure, which could lead to tire failure while driving. This recall affects some 210,000 vehicles nationwide

Toyota hasn't yet said when it will begin notifying owners of the latter recall, but when they do, dealers will replace the interior placard free of charge. For questions, contact Toyota of North America at 800-331-4331, or ring the NHTSA at 888-327-4236 and reference recall #11V560000.

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