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Toyota Sienna minivans to be recalled soon due to auto defect

Posted On behalf of Michael D'Amico of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on May 29, 2014 in Car Accidents

With GM dominating the auto recall news, Connecticut motorists may be interested to learn about an imminent recall recently announced by Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A.. An auto defect was identified, this time involving the spare tire of the Toyota Sienna minivans. About 370,000 of the 2004 to 2011 models of the minivans will soon be recalled. Toyota related that it also recalled Siennas in 2010 when some of the models between 2004 and 2010 were identified as having issues.

The current defect involves the splash protector that should protect the carrier that holds the spare tire against splashing water from the road. However, because the positioning of the protector sometimes varies, water splashes onto the carrier. In areas where water is saturated with a high concentration of salt, corrosion of the assembly cable that secures the spare tire to the carrier occurs at an accelerated rate. After extreme corrosion, breakage of the cable may occur and cause the spare tire to fall from the carrier.

Replacement spare tire carriers are currently being developed, but in the interim, anti-rust agents will be installed by dealers to reduce the levels of corrosion. Toyota said that some of the 2004 to 2010 models that were subjects of the previous recall may still have a corrosion problem that will need attention. Toyota has not yet announced the recall date.

Motorists in Connecticut who own a Toyota Sienna minivan may want to keep an eye on media reports regarding the recall date. Although no accidents involving injuries or fatalities have been reported to Toyota yet, the auto defect certainly poses a potential hazard. Individuals who have suffered personal injuries that were caused by any auto defects retain the right to pursue recovery of damages by filing a product liability claim in a court of law.