According to an article in a recent edition of the Los Angeles Times, Toyota has recalled 600,000 Toyota Sierra minivans due to concerns over rusting spare tire holders. The recall covers 1998-2010 Sierra models with two-wheel drive, sold in 21 cold-weather states and the District of Columbia.
Toyota is concerned that road salt used to combat snowy conditions in these states could cause the spare tire holder beneath the vehicle to rust and break, dropping the spare tire onto the road. The loose spare tires pose a driving hazard to other vehicles. Although Toyota says it has not heard of any accidents or injuries, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has received six complaints of spare tires falling off Sienna minivans.
Toyota is working on a way to fix the spare tire carrier problem. Meanwhile, the company is encouraging Sierra minivan owners to bring their vehicles into Toyota dealerships for inspection and repair. Free inspections of the spare tire carrier are available at all Toyota dealerships, including those in states not covered by the recall.
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