Recall roundup: 210.000 Toyota Sienna minivans image

210.000 units of the 2011 – 2012 Sienna minivans will be affected by a recent recall, according to the Japanese based automaker Toyota, because of failing to disclose proper maximum load.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, owners of the 210.000 units of the 2011 – 2012 model year Toyota Sienna minivans will have to make a trip back to the dealerships because of failing to disclose proper maximum load. Toyota says that the 2011 – 2012 models don’t have the proper vehicle placards and this could lead to tore overloading and a possible tire failure which might increase the risk of a crash. The NHTSA didn’t receive any reports yet about any accidents or injuries because of this problem.

“Toyota is recalling certain model year 2011 through 2012 Sienna vehicle for failing to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety standard number 110, ‘tire selections and rims’. These vehicles do not meet the requirement for displaying the correct vehicle capacity weight as the rated load for the combination of cargo and occupants”, said the NHTSA in its official press release.

Owners of the above mentioned model will have to make a trip back to the dealerships where Toyota will “take care of the problem” free of charge. The Japanese based automaker didn’t announce an official date of when the owners will be notified. Owners of the 2011 – 2012 Toyota Sienna can contact Toyota at 1-800-331-4331 or the NHTSA hotline at 1-888-327-4236.

  • Jim Hubber

    I have an issue with this recall if Toyota's resolution is to just derate the load carrying capacity of the Sienna. I purchased my Sienna with the expectation that I could tow up to the load capacity. While the only towing I do is pulling a loaded single motorcycle trailer this towing frequently includes the van being loaded too.

    Toyota sold this van with a specific load capacity advertised and displayed and I expect them to honor that load capacity even if it means providing and installing new rims, tires, and suspension components required to make it compliant with the original advertised load capacity.

    Thanks