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NHTSA Investigates Toyota Sienna and Two SUVs

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Toyota Motor Corp.'s 2004 and 2005 Sienna minivans with power rear liftgates are being investigated by U.S. safety regulators after reports of 14 injuries when the liftgates unexpectedly closed.

The inquiry covers 142,418 of the minivans, Rae Tyson, a spokesman for National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, said Wednesday. The probe began Dec. 1. Gas in high-pressure struts that open and close the liftgates may leak because of a faulty seal, the Washington-based agency said on its Web site.

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Toyota also said Wednesday it will ask owners of 159,100 2001-02 RAV4 small SUVs and 60,700 2001-03 four-cylinder Highlander SUVs to bring their vehicles to dealers to fix possible faulty check engine lights. The lights have been inadvertently illuminating.

The faulty lights do not affect the vehicles' operation.

Detroit Free Press

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Toyota also said Wednesday it will ask owners of 159,100 2001-02 RAV4 small SUVs and 60,700 2001-03 four-cylinder Highlander SUVs to bring their vehicles to dealers to fix possible faulty check engine lights. The lights have been inadvertently illuminating.

The faulty lights do not affect the vehicles' operation.[/i]

Detroit Free Press

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Wow... another couple of recalls. Still their image doesn't seem all that tarnished.

As for the check engine light inadvertently coming on, well, seems as though they copied that from our `82 Malibu Classic: earning the title: Biggest Piece of $h! We Ever Owned.

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Hmm, the NHTSA investigates Toyota vans and not a mention on my TV...

And yet, a couple days ago, I hear how GM is a "troubled automaker," even though the news clip was about how they are introducing new hybrids and aim to be the most fuel efficient company in 2010.

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Wow... another couple of recalls.  Still their image doesn't seem all that tarnished.

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Of course not, Toyota PR (The media) will NEVER allow that to happen. They'll start damage control by publishing a bunch of "At least they're fixing them" and "Constantly improving quality" fluff pieces.

And just as Captainbooyah said; this (and all the other recalls) has been INTENTIONALLY kept out of mainstream media.

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