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Toyota begins safety recall for 600,000 vehicles

Voluntary recall affects Sienna minivans sold in the US.

Toyota Motor Sales (TMS) said that it will launch a voluntary Safety Recall involving approximately 600,000 first- and second-generation Sienna 2WD minivans sold in the US to address potential corrosion in the spare tire carrier cable.

The company said that the condition may appear on some Siennas produced between 1998 and 2010 that have been operated in cold climate areas with high road salt use. Continued prolonged exposure to road salts may cause excessive corrosion of the carrier cable in some of these vehicles.

"Toyota is listening to its customers attentively, and we want to make sure their voices are heard," said Steve Angelo, chief quality officer of Toyota North America. "As part of that commitment, we are providing free inspections of the spare tire carrier cable even in states that are not included in this recall. We are also working diligently to develop a remedy as soon as possible."

Until the solution is developed, customers will receive an interim notice instructing them to bring their vehicle to a dealership for a preliminary inspection, and once the solution has been developed, customers will receive a secondary notice advising the customer of availability.