Japanese vehicle manufacturer Toyota Motor Corporation has decided to recall around 30,000 units of the 2015 Sienna Minivans globally. According to a statement issued by the automaker, it has decided to recall the vehicles as it has been found that their overhead assist grips might detach when an airbag is deployed.
Toyota said that under certain circumstances, the grips of the Sienna Minivans that remain attached to the roof rails of the vehicle might get detached from mounting brackets they remain connected to. If that happens, the situation can be harmful for passengers; it might leave passengers seriously injured. However, Toyota has made it clear that to date they have not received a single report of fatality or injury due to this defect of its Sienna Minivans.
If you have already purchased the car, the dealer you have purchased it from will modify its headliner located beneath the overhead assist grips in the 2nd row without making you pay any additional amount.
In addition to the above discussed recall by Toyota, there have also been reports suggesting that Toyota’s tire manufacturer Toyo Tire Holdings of Americas has decided to recall several units of its Nitto Dura Grappler and Open County Tuff Duty tires. According to those reports, Toyo has planned the recall because of a possible tread separation.
Unlike Toyota, Toyo has already gathered data about a couple of crashes caused by this malfunction. The tire maker’s recall involves around 175,310 van and SUV tires.
The year 2014 seems to be a year of vehicle recalls. This year, hundreds of thousands of vehicles have been recalled by a number of top automakers. Before Toyota and Toyo’s announcement of recall, we saw Mazda recalling around 100,000 units of its 6 sedans of the 2014-2015 model years. Reports suggest that Mazda went forward with the recall as tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that the vehicles’ tire pressure warning system had some flaws.