By Oliver Hall
Beleaguered car manufacturer Toyota has recalled 870,000 Sienna minivans sold in America and Canada because their spare tyres could fall off into the road.
The vehicle is popular in areas known for cold winters, however potential rust from long exposure to road salt could cause cables holding spare tyres in place to fail, the Japanese car maker revealed.
The recall covers the 1998-2010 model and Toyota admits it needs to inspect some 600,000 two-wheel drive Sienna minivans sold or registered in America and 270,000 in Canada.
The carmaker said it was unaware of any accidents or injuries caused by rusty spare tyre cables on Siennas.
However, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it had received six complaints of spare tyres falling off the minivans.
This is the latest blow in the ongoing safety saga that has marred Toyota’s reputation for quality.
It is already under intense scrutiny in the wake of a series of damaging incidents involving sticky accelerator pedals, out-of-place floor-mats and erratic braking systems.
On Tuesday, the firm halted sales of its Lexus GX 460 luxury 4×4 after Consumer Reports magazine said its handling in certain curves posed a “safety risk”.
The firm also recently recalled more than eight million other vehicles because of faulty accelerator pedals.