Toyota recalls 600,000 Sienna minivans to address corrosion in spare tire carrier cable

By Sam Preston

Toyota faces yet another safety concern this year, recalling more than 600,000 Sienna minivans Friday, according to both the Pioneer Press and Star Tribune.

The company was forced to recall the vehicles because of rusting spare tire holders, both sources said, that could break and create a road hazard.

The recall came at almost the same time as when the House announced that it would hold another hearing in May to review possible electronic problems in runaway Toyotas, the Tribune said.

The latest recall covered the 1998-2010 model year Siennas with two-wheel drive that have been sold or registered in 20 cold-climate states and the District of Columbia, the Press said.

Toyota said that it was unaware of any injuries resulting from the latest recall, but that road salt could cause the carrier cable that holds the spare tire to rust and break, allowing the tire to tumble onto the road, the Press said. The problem could threaten the safety of other drivers.

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