Toyota recalls Sienna minivans

Toyota is set to recall 600,000 Sienna minivans sold in the US over concerns that its spare tyres could fall onto the road due to breaking of rusty carrier cables.

According to the car maker, road salt could corrode the carrier cable that supports the spare tyre, allowing the tyre to tumble on to the road, endangering the safety of other motorists.

Toyota said it would come up with a fix to the safety issue at the earliest opportunity and inform customers when to bring their vehicle to a dealership for an inspection.

The latest recall affects the 1998-2010 model year Siennas with two-wheel-drive in 20 cold-climate states and the District of Columbia.

Toyota said it was not aware of any accidents or injuries because of rusty spare tyre cables breaking.

The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said six complaints have been registered of spare tyres falling off Siennas.

Steve St Angelo, Toyota's chief quality officer for North America, said: "Toyota is listening to its customers attentively, and we want to make sure their voices are heard,"

The new safety issue hit Toyota as the US government planned to hold another hearing on May 6 to examine potential electronic problems that could have caused of sudden acceleration.

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