DETROIT - Toyota on Thursday announced its recalling thousands of Sienna minivans and Lexus GS 350 sedans.
Corrosion problem in 2004-2011 Sienna minivans
The recall covers approximately 370,000 of the vans that were 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.
Help for owners: Detailed information is available to customers at www.toyota.com/recall and by calling the Toyota Customer Experience Center at 1-800-331-4331.
Brake system issue in 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.
Help for car owners: 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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