Toyota Issues Temporary Fix for Sienna Recall

In April, Toyota recalled 600,000 Sienna minivans from the 1998 through 2010 model years for a defective spare tire harness. The problem involved cars in cold-weather states that use salt to melt ice. Heavy salt use can deteriorate the cable that holds the spare tire under the minivan’s body, potentially leading to it detaching. If the van is moving, this can be dangerous to both the car itself and others on the road.

Toyota is still investigating a permanent fix, which Toyota spokesman Brian Lyons estimates will be ready in late August or early September. But the company is still not sure what the final fix will be.

The interim fix includes having the dealer inspect the cable. If the cable is deteriorated, the dealer will move the spare tire to the van’s luggage compartment. In minivans, this is the well behind the third row of seats.

The company is sending out notices to owners in certain cold-weather states starting July 19. Owners can contact Toyota at 800-331-4331.

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By David Thomas | July 12, 2010 | Comments (5)

Comments 

Paul

Thats just great if the van gets in a crash or rolls over with a loose spare rolling around the interior....I see lawsuits coming.

Because of this incident the other cars which are on the road are also survive.

pickles

I'll second that one Paul- Friggin insane to place a loose tire/wheel in the way-back- further- if you drive with all the seats out, for cargo, you're just waiting to be decapitated by a flying tire in a rear-ender. I love my Sienna and I'm super glad it's always been a California car.

Mister-P

There is a fix available by Toyota according to the following Bloomburg.com article.
http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=newsarchive&sid=akfXQZVTQ6lc

bob

there is still no fix over 6 months later!!! are you kidding me. Get it together Toyota. This is ridiculous.

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