Toyota announced it is recalling 430,500 vehicles in the U.S. and a total of 516,000 worldwide for three different safety concerns.
450,000 Toyota Sienna minivans were recalled because the spare tire could corrode and fall off. This recall focuses generally in cold-market areas where road salt is common in the winter and can cause the corrosion. The recall affects Toyota Siennas from the 2004-2010 model years.
According to this article at ABC.com, “Also recalled Thursday were:
“— 16,000 Lexus GS 250 and 350 sedans from the 2013 model year because a manufacturing defect can cause the brakes to activate without warning, and without turning on the brake lights. Most of the vehicles — 10,500 — were sold in the U.S. Also included are left-hand-drive sedans sold in Canada, China and Europe.
“— 50,000 Highlander and Highlander hybrid SUVs from the 2014 model year. Toyota says a software glitch may prevent the vehicle from properly calculating the size of the front passenger when determining whether to fire the air bags. The affected vehicles assume the passenger is smaller, so the bags may not fire or they may fire at a lower speed than necessary for a larger passenger. Toyota says most of the affected vehicles — 45,287 — were sold in the U.S. Around 3,400 were sold in Canada and the rest were sold in Mexico and Europe.”
Toyota announced a huge recall that affects 1.9 million Toyota Prius hybrid vehicles. Toyota reported there is a software glitch that could cause the cars to stall.
According to this article, “The software could cause transistors to become damaged, causing warnings lights to go off, driving power to be reduced or the car to stop. The recalled vehicles were manufactured between March 2009 and February 2014.”
The vehicles affected by the recall are: 2010-2014 Toyota Prius hybrids, 2012 Toyota RAV4, 2012-2013 Toyota Tacoma, and 2012-2013 Toyota Lexus RX vehicles.
Toyota announced that it is recalling more than 261,000 vehicles with possible problems with the software of the braking system; this could result in a crash.
The recall affects the 2013 Toyota Tacoma, 2012 Toy0ta RAV4, and the 2012 and 2013 Lexus RX 350. According to this article, “According to Toyota, an electrical component within the actuator that adjusts the fluid pressure for each of the brakes of the affected vehicles may experience an increased resistance.
“This would result in the illumination of various warning lights in the dash, including those for the stability and traction control systems as well as the antilock brakes. If this were to occur, Toyota says that the systems could become inoperative, reducing the directional control assistance during braking, and thus increasing the risk of a crash.”
Toyota will notify owners if they are affected.