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Toyota Makes it Three Recalls in One Day

Faulty airbag software added to list, along with defective brakes and spare tires that can fall off.

by on May.22, 2014

The new 2014 Toyota Highlander's airbags could misfire due to a software glitch.

Three’s a charm. Well, maybe not when it comes to recalls. Toyota has now added a third recall for the day, bringing to 430,500 the number of vehicles sold in the U.S. covered by the various safety actions which involve corrosion problems, faulty brakes and defective airbag software.

The latest actions mean the U.S. recall count is rapidly racing upwards towards an all-time record, with Toyota covering more individual vehicles than any other manufacturer but General Motors this year.

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The largest of the three new recalls covers 370,000 Toyota Sienna minivans sold between the 2004 and 2011 model-years and registered in colder climate states. The problem centers around corrosion that can be triggered by road salt and can cause the spare tire of the vans to fall off if their supporting cable rusts out.

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Toyota Announces Two Recalls Covering 380,000 Vehicles

Rust and brake pedal problems with minivans and luxury sedans.

by on May.22, 2014

The Toyota minivan is targeted for recall due to potential corrosion problems that could cause its spare tire to fall off.

The U.S. recall count continues nudging towards an all-time record, Toyota the latest maker to announce a large-scale safety-related callback. More precisely, two separate service actions impacting a total of 380,000 vehicles sold in the U.S.

The largest of the two new recalls covers 370,000 Toyota Sienna minivans sold between the 2004 and 2011 model-years and registered in colder climate states. The problem centers around corrosion that can be triggered by road salt and can cause the spare tire of the vans to fall off if their supporting cable rusts out.

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The tires are stored under the vehicle and a foam splash protector in front of the spare tire carrier may actually wind up allowing high concentrations of salt to build up and eventually corrode the spare tire carrier assembly.

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Toyota Recalling 700,000 Sienna Minivans

Shifter problem can cause vehicle rollaways.

by on Sep.26, 2013

One of the Sienna minivans covered by the third major Toyota recall this month.

Toyota will recall 694,000 older Sienna minvans due to a problem with the shift lever that could result in unexpected rollaways.

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The problem involves Toyota Siennas produced at the maker’s plant in Indiana and sold from model-years 2004 to 2005 and from 2007 to 2009.  The vast majority of the vehicles – 615,000 in all – were sold in the United States. Another 56,000 went to Canada, with a small number also sold in Mexico, Germany and Guatemala.

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Typo Triggers Toyota Recall

Misprint will impact 200,000 minivans.

by on Dec.06, 2011

Toyota recalls 200,000 Sienna minivans.

It’s been a tough couple years for Toyota, the maker being slammed by safety issues as well as production shortages caused by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan last March.

But just as the maker was hoping to get things back to normal — with factories pouring out the product and Toyota’s latest line-up landing on the top of the quality charts – it seems the maker will have to recall yet another 200,000 vehicles.

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But the latest problem is the result of a typo rather than a specific defect with the 2011 and 2012 Toyota Sienna minivan line, reports the Detroit News.

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Japanese Decide to Recall Toyota Sienna Minivans

Spare tire drops onto road, creating hazard for those following.

by on Apr.16, 2010

The salt used in Nagoya, Toyota's home, is mostly in the soy sauce, not on the roads.

 

Japanese executives have allowed Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A. to announce late this afternoon that it can recall approximately 600,000 first and second generation Sienna 2WD minivans sold in the United States to address “potential corrosion in the spare tire carrier cable.” This number doesn’t  include more than 270,000 vans in Canada.  

The safety defect may appear on 1998 through 2010 model year Sienna minivans that have been operated in cold climate areas tha use salt during the wonter to deice roads. 

TMS, which does not have recall authority from its parent Japanese company, says that 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 says it is now working to develop a remedy for the corrosion defect. Until the fix is found, customers will receive an interim notice instructing them to bring their vehicle to a dealership for a preliminary inspection. Customers will receive, eventually, a secondary notice advising them of the solution.  

The defect finding without a solution was no doubt prompted by Toyota’s ongoing problems with U.S. safety regulators. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is seeking the maximum civil penalty of $16.375 million against Toyota Motor Corporation for failing to notify the auto safety agency of what turns out to be a potentially fatal “sticky pedal” defect for at least four months. In response to my queries today, Toyota said it had “nothing to report” as to whether it will contest the fine.  Criminal charges are possible.  (more…)