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Toyota Releases fix for 1998-2006 Sienna Minivans

Since Toyota announced their recall of some 600,000 Sienna minivans, I’ve gotten a ton of feedback on this issue from readers, so I’ve been calling Toyota regularly looking for the resolution to this issue.

Well, today I’ve got some good news for you!  Click past the jump for all the details!

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Honda and Isuzu Joint Recall over Suspension Corrosion

2002 Honda Passport

In the latter part of the 1990s, Honda and Isuzu had a joint effort to create SUVs, namely the Honda Passport and Isuzu Rodeo.  The Isuzu Axiom used a lot of underpinnings for the aforementioned SUVs, so it too suffers from the same malady causing the recall.  It turns out that vehicles exposed to “highly corrosive materials,” such as the road salt used in more northern states, experience premature wear and possible breaking of the rear suspension brackets.  Click past the jump for the model years, more details, and the press release.

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Update: No Solution Yet for Toyota Sienna Spare Tire Recall

It’s been 5 months, and as several readers have pointed out,  Toyota still hasn’t come up with a fix for the spare tires falling off of 1998-2010 Sienna minivans.  In the mean time, I’ve placed a call to Toyota’s PR department and am expecting a response shortly.

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Ford recalls 575,000 Windstar minivans over rear axle

2000 Windstar

It just seems like it’s been “Recall Week” in the US Auto industry.  In a late-week press release reported by Automotive News, Ford is recalling 575,000 of its Windstar minivans, built from 1998-2003, for a problem with the rear axle.  The affected people movers were sold in the US and Canada, and are only from states that use road salt in the winter months to combat snow and ice.  The road salt causes corrosion, which weakens the rear axle, which can lead to it breaking, possibly causing an accident.

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KBB Awards for Best Reader Car Review

In a recent contest, Kelly Blue Book (KBB) challenged its readers to come up with the best car review, and the results are in.  The winner is Clark Olson Media for the review of his 2000 Toyota Corolla.  Runners up include Joel Moss Levinson and his 2001 Volkswagen Passat and Patrick Latimer with his 2004 Subaru Forester.  Click past the jump to see the videos.

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Uh-oh: NHTSA Looking at 6.2 Million GM vehicles over Brakes

It seems that Toyota isn’t the only automaker in trouble for brake problems.  The NHTSA is reportedly looking into complaints of brake failures on 6.2 million GM vehicles.  The Detroit News is reporting that there have been 110 complaints, 37 of which have been inspected by dealers and found brake failure.  So far only 3 crashes have been reported.  While this is similar to Toyota’s issues, where only a small percentage of the affected vehicles have actually had problems, if you’re one of those owners, it can be a scary thing.  GM is cooperating with the investigation, so have your dealer take a look at your brake lines if you’re worried.

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