The recall floodgate continues to flow strong, and Toyota’s newest recall involves 600,000 Sienna minivans built from 1998 to 2010.
The issue this time is a blindingly familiar one involving cold climates, road salt, and rusty vehicle parts. Toyota found that Siennas sold in colder parts of the United States with high road salt usage are susceptible to excessive corrosion on the spare-tire carrier cable. A corroded cable could break away and cause the spare tire to fall off, leaving a big, circular surprise for anyone in the Sienna’s wake.
Last November, Toyota initially recalled 110,000 Tundra trucks for a similar rust issue in a few select states. The Tundra recall would be expanded to the rest of the nation in March and now the beleaguered automaker must prepare a Sienna remedy for dealers in the following 20 states: Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. The District of Columbia is also affected.
Concerned Sienna owners may contact Toyota at 800-331-4331 or visit www.toyota.com/recall.