Toyota Motor U.S. recently issued two recall statements. Toyota recalls approximately 370,000 Sienna Minivans and 10,500 Lexus GS 350 sedans.
Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc., announced on Thursday that it plans to conduct voluntary safety recall of approximately 10,500 Model Year 2013 Lexus GS 350 sedans and 370,000 Model Year 2004-2011 Sienna Minivans. The recalled Sienna Minivans were those originally sold in or registered in specific cold climate states.
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Toyota issued a recall statement for Lexus sedans due to a possible error in the brake pedal load sensing switch. This switch is present in the brake pedal assembly of the subject vehicles.
Toyota says that "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."
However, no accidents, injuries or fatalities caused by this error are still reported. Toyota is not aware of any such incidence till date. Lexus dealers will replace the brake pedal support assembly in all the recalled vehicles.
The second recall statement by Toyota involved those Sienna Minivans which "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 these recalled vehicles, 2004-2010 model year, were also involved in a recall announced in April 2010. Toyota says that "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," says Toyota.