Recall Alert: Toyota Sienna
Posted: Apr. 19, 2010
Toyota has issued a recall order for about 600,000 Sienna minivans
from model years 1998 through 2010
, in order to correct a defect that could cause the spare tire to fall from beneath the van.
In light of bad publicity from a series of high-profile recalls, the company has released details of this recall to the media unusually quickly – before The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration had time to issues a formal recall order. The New York Times reports, “Toyota said its latest recall covered the 1998-2010 model year Siennas with two-wheel-drive that have been sold or registered in 20 cold-climate states and the District of Columbia. Toyota said rust from road salt could cause the carrier cable that holds the spare tire to rust and break, allowing the tire to tumble into the road.”
Kicking Tires notes, “The recall is for two-wheel-drive Siennas in 20 “cold-climate” states: Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, Vermont, Wisconsin and West Virginia, and in the District of Columbia.”
No accidents have been reported in connection with the defect, but, the Times notes, NHTSA “said it has received six complaints of spare tires falling off Siennas.”
The company has not yet developed a solution to the problem. Autoblog reports, “If your Sienna is affected by the recall, you will receive a notice from the automaker to head to a dealer for inspection. Once Toyota comes up with a proper fix, customers will receive a second notice advising Sienna owners of the remedy.”
Those who have questions can contact Toyota at (800) 331-4331.