Toyota Motor Sales is recalling about 600,000 1998-2010 Toyota Sienna minivans “to address potential corrosion in the spare tire carrier cable.” The recall covers 2WD minivans equipped with a spare tire and driven in cold climates with high road salt usage. Vehicles currently registered in the District of Columbia and the following states are involved in this recall: 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. Toyota said:
“Continued prolonged exposure to road salts may cause excessive corrosion of the carrier cable in some of these vehicles. In the worst case, the carrier cable may fail and the spare tire could become separated from the vehicle, a road hazard for following vehicles that increases the likelihood of a crash.”
Toyota is sending Sienna customers a notice instructing them to bring their vehicle to a dealership for a free inspection. If a Toyota Sienna owner has already paid for the repair of his or her tire carrier cable for this problem before having received Toyota’s notification, Toyota is instructing the car owner to mail a copy of the repair order, proof-of-payment, and proof-of-ownership to the following address for reimbursement consideration: Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc; Toyota Customer Experience, WC 10; 19001 South Western Avenue; Torrance, CA 90509. For more information or questions, you can contact the Toyota Customer Experience Center: 1-800-331-4331.
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