The year of the recall continues, but this time it isn't from General Motors. Toyota is announcing two, separate recalls affecting a pair of its models.

First, Toyota is recalling 370,000 Sienna minivans from the 2004 to 2011 model years that are registered or originally sold in cold-weather states. The problem is that the spare tire carrier assembly cable can be splashed by water contaminated with road salt and cause corrosion. There is a splashguard in place to prevent this, but it sometimes gets lost in "normal usage," according to the company. If the cable does break, then "the spare tire may separate from the vehicle."

This is actually the second repair for this problem for some of these vehicles. In 2010, Toyota issued a recall on 600,000 Siennas from the 1998 to 2010 model years. At the time, it installed a new splashguard and sprayed the area with an anti-rust chemical. However, according to Toyota spokesperson John Hanson speaking to Autoblog, the campaign worked for the 1998 to 2003 models but wasn't sufficient for the newer ones. For the latest recall, the vehicles are getting the entire cable replaced with a stainless steel unit and a new splashguard.

2013 Lexus GS350Lexus is separately recalling 10,500 GS350 sedans from the 2013 model year because of a manufacturing defect in the brake pedal load sensing switch. If it malfunctions, it could cause the brakes to activate without the driver pressing the pedal and without the brake lights coming on, which could obviously be quite dangerous. However, Lexus says it isn't aware of any accidents, injuries or fatalities caused by the problem. The affected vehicles will have their brake pedal support assembly replaced, and Hanson said that the notifications will go out to owners in June. Scroll down to read the official announcements about both recalls.
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Toyota Announces Recall of Certain Toyota Sienna Minivans

May 22, 2014
TORRANCE, Calif., May 22, 2014 – Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc., today announced plans to conduct a voluntary safety recall of approximately 370,000 Model Year 2004-2011 Sienna Minivans originally sold in or registered in specific cold climate states.

The involved vehicles are equipped with a spare tire carrier stowed under the vehicle with a light-weight, foam water splash protector in front of the spare tire carrier. Due to variation in the placement of the splash protector or loss of the protector during normal usage, water splashed rearward with high concentrations of road salt can reach the spare tire carrier and corrode the spare tire carrier assembly cable.

Some of the involved vehicles, 2004-2010 model year, were involved in a recall announced in April 2010. The recall remedy included the addition of a water splash protector and an anti-rust agent application to reduce the effects of corrosion. If the splash protector is misplaced or falls from the vehicle on these 2004-2010 model year vehicles, the spare tire carrier assembly cable may not have sufficient anti-rust protection even after the anti-rust agent application that was part of the recall remedy.

If an involved vehicle is operated in cold climate regions of the United States where road salts are frequently used, in an extreme case, the cable may break due to excessive corrosion and the spare tire may separate from the vehicle.

Detailed information is available to customers at www.toyota.com/recall and by calling the Toyota Customer Experience Center at 1-800-331-4331.

Lexus Announces Recall of Certain 2013 GS Sedans

May 22, 2014
TORRANCE, Calif., May 22, 2014 – Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc., today announced that it plans to conduct a voluntary safety recall of approximately 10,500 Model Year 2013 Lexus GS 350 sedans.

The brake pedal assembly in the subject vehicles contains a brake pedal load sensing switch which allows the brake system to detect brake pedal force application by the driver. Due to a manufacturing error, there is a possibility that the switch could improperly cause the brake system to activate without driver input while driving and without activating the rear brake lights. This could result in unexpected moderate deceleration.

For all involved vehicles, Lexus dealers will replace the brake pedal support assembly.

To date, Toyota is not aware of any accidents, injuries or fatalities caused by this condition.

Detailed information is available to customers at www.lexus.com/recall or by calling the Lexus Customer Satisfaction Center at 1-800-25-LEXUS (1-800-255-3987).


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      Avinash Machado
      • 7 Months Ago
      Speaking of recalls,will AB ever recall their commenting system?
      Tariff The Imports
      • 7 Months Ago
      Is GM building these cars for Toyota?
        Doug
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Tariff The Imports
        This was funny - almost. They build their own crappy product.
        Chsutera
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Tariff The Imports
        Nope. Toyota does a good enough job building crap on their own. Don't be such a fanboy.
          Tariff The Imports
          • 7 Months Ago
          @Chsutera
          I'm not a Toyota Fanboy. In fact, far from it. The point I was looking to make was GM sucks, just like Toyota.
          Chsutera
          • 7 Months Ago
          @Chsutera
          Sure... Your not a fanboy. Thats why every time you comment on a thread every positive comment about GM gets tons of negative thumbs. They have maybe 1 or 2 thumbs up. Then you comment and they have like 6 or 7 negative thumbs. Keep trolling bud..
          Tariff The Imports
          • 7 Months Ago
          @Chsutera
          @ Chsutera Wrong. I'm neither a Toyota Fanboy or GM Fanboy. Both companies suck.
      mbukukanyau
      • 7 Months Ago
      Lets hear all the lectures about GM junk again.
        Tariff The Imports
        • 7 Months Ago
        @mbukukanyau
        Just google " GM junk ". You'll find more that enough info to keep you busy for years.
      walthamdan
      • 7 Months Ago
      Toyota - "GM is hogging all the press lately. We need to do something to get Toyota noticed again"
      Brian
      • 7 Months Ago
      Toyota, I'm going to let you finish, but GM just recalled 15 million cars.
      RocketRed
      • 7 Months Ago
      This seems pretty absurd. How long would it take for a steel cable to corrode to breaking point holding a 40lb tire, due to salt water, if the splash gaurd falls off? This is really nonsense. And it's the result of ambulance chacers e.g., Sean Kane, holidng the threat of major class action litigation costs over these companies. I'm sure the palintiffs' lawyers have already called up their summons and complaint Word templates and have started scouring the web for some greedy lead plaintiff who thinks she will get a big payout instead of a coupon for a spare tire from Toyota in the settlement.
        Jesus!
        • 7 Months Ago
        @RocketRed
        Apparently 10 years or less. And I am pretty sure you would be upset if a toyota minivan crapped a spare tire and hit your windshield.
      delsolo1
      • 7 Months Ago
      The Autoblog needs to change its name to the Recall Daily
      Cruising
      • 7 Months Ago
      Oh great now I'm going to be subconscious for a little while being behind or near a Toyota van like I was with Ford Windstar vans when they had recalls for the axle breaking due to rust.
      Jamie Xu
      • 7 Months Ago
      Toyota cannot be criticized for this new recall. While it may appear that there are issues with certain cars, at least they are being pro-active and recalling the models affected so that the issues can be addressed. How many other manufacturers do not order re-calls fearing that it will damage their reputation. Toyota needs to be applauded for being a responsible company who are trying to look after the customers who have helped them to become one of the largest car manufacturers in the world. Most people know Toyota as a standup company... Toyota makes the best automobiles in the world (except for maybe Honda). They last forever, are incredibly safe, cheap to repair and maintain, cheaper to fill up at the gas tank than anything ($20 thanks to GasBuddy), only cost around 25/month to insure (thanks to Insurance Panda), and are simply pleasures to drive. I love my Toyota Camry and love driving it. It has served us well. Our friends can't believe that we still drive that car! We are a Toyota family; we own 3 and all are over 10 years of age.
        Jesus!
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Jamie Xu
        Someone here works for Toyota. Stand up company? Yup thats why they hid defects and were slow to recall vehicles. Until the government slapped them with a hefty fine, Toyota made due with tsb's. You are fooling no one.
      MP81
      • 7 Months Ago
      Parts should not get "lost" during normal usage. That's called a design defect.
      alstonc
      • 7 Months Ago
      I predict Toyota will get a sales bump in June.due to the recalls, its a risky way of getting people that bout used from private dealers to visit your dealership.
        mbukukanyau
        • 7 Months Ago
        @alstonc
        you know, I watched an episode on Autoline daily that said, for Every 4 people that walk into a dealership for whatever reason, 1 buys,..(or some statistic to that effect) So, this whole recall business is not too bad for Toyota or GM.. if that was the case
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