TOYOTA CANADA ANNOUNCES VOLUNTARY RECALL ON CERTAIN 1998-2010 MODEL YEAR SIENNA VEHICLES TO ADDRESS POTENTIAL CORROSION ON SPARE TIRE CARRIER ASSEMBLY

TORONTO, ON – April 16, 2010 – Toyota Canada has announced a voluntary recall campaign affecting approximately 140,000 first and second generation 2WD Toyota Sienna vehicles where the frequent use of road salts may result in excessive corrosion of the spare tire carrier assembly. With continued and prolonged exposure, there is the potential for the carrier cable to fail and the spare tire could become separated from the vehicle causing a crash or become a hazard for following vehicles.
 
Toyota Canada is asking owners of affected vehicles to bring their vehicles to their local dealership for an inspection in order to assess the condition of the spare tire carrier assembly and the potential for separation. All-wheel drive vehicles are not impacted by this voluntary recall campaign as they are equipped with run-flat tires in place of a spare.
 
All affected owners will be formally notified by first-class mail, beginning in May, 2010 concerning this campaign. Once the remedy has been developed, customers will be re-notified and advised of the remedy availability.
 
The 2011 Sienna is not affected by this safety recall, and no other Lexus or Toyota vehicles are involved.
 
For more information about this recall, please visit www.toyota.ca or contact or Customer Interaction Centre at 1-888-TOYOTA-8
 
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