Due to the risk that the spare tire could fall onto the road, Toyota Motor Corp. is recalling 870,000 Sienna minivans in the US and Canada starting from the 1998 to 2010 model years. Toyota said that corrosion could set in the cable of these minivans due to exposure for a long time to road salt. The worst case could result to the spare tire separating from the vehicle.
These recalls involve about 600,000 two-wheel-drive Sienna minivans sold or registered in the US and about 270,000 of the vehicles in Canada.
While Toyota looks for a remedy, minivan owners will get a letter informing them to bring their minivans to be inspected at a dealership. This latest recall brings up the total number of Toyota's recalled vehicles since late last year to over 9.3 million.
The reasons for the recalls span from the risk of unintended acceleration due to defective gas pedals to floor mats that could interfere with pedals.
Brake problems have also affected the Prius and other hybrids. Last Tuesday, Toyota temporarily stopped sales of its Lexus GX 460 SUV after Consumer Reports stated that its handling in certain curves posed a "safety risk".
Toyota has yet to decide if it will issue a recall of its GX 460 vehicles but it does admit that its engineers duplicated the results of Consumer Reports' tests.