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2004-'11 Toyota Sienna Recalled Because Spare Tire Could Fall Off


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Just the Facts:
  • Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. said it will recall approximately 370,000 2004-'11 Toyota Sienna minivans in the U.S. because the spare tire could fall off the vehicle if a cable rusts.
  • The repair is under development, but will entail the replacement of the spare-tire carrier assembly, said Cindy Knight, a Toyota spokeswoman, in response to an Edmunds query.
  • A date for the recall has not been set.

TORRANCE, California Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. said it will recall approximately 370,000 2004-'11 Toyota Sienna minivans in the U.S. because the spare tire could fall off if a cable rusts.

The repair is under development, but will entail the replacement of the spare-tire carrier assembly, said Cindy Knight, a Toyota spokeswoman, in response to an Edmunds query.

Knight said Toyota is not aware of any accidents, injuries or fatalities caused by the defect. The affected Siennas are sold or registered in states that use significant amounts of road salt in cold weather.

"The involved vehicles are equipped with a spare-tire carrier stowed under the vehicle with a lightweight, foam water splash protector in front of the spare-tire carrier," said Toyota in a statement on Thursday. "Due to variation in the placement of the splash protector or loss of the protector during normal usage, water splashed rearward with high concentrations of road salt can reach the spare-tire carrier and corrode the spare-tire carrier assembly cable."

It added: "In an extreme case, the cable may break due to excessive corrosion and the spare tire may separate from the vehicle."

Some of the Siennas from 2004-'10 were involved in a 2010 recall. The recall remedy in that case included the addition of a water splash protector and an anti-rust agent application to reduce the effects of corrosion.

"If the splash protector is misplaced or falls from the vehicle on these 2004-'10 vehicles, the spare-tire carrier assembly cable may not have sufficient anti-rust protection even after the anti-rust agent application that was part of the recall remedy," Toyota said.

A date for the recall has not been set. Owners can contact Toyota at (800) 331-4331.

Edmunds says: Toyota says a letter will be going out to owners of the 2004-'11 Sienna shortly. But if you have a problem with your minivan, take it into your dealership immediately.

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