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Apr 17, 2010 1:02 PM by Associated Press

Toyota says it duplicates SUV test; recalls minivans

Toyota says it's engineers have duplicated the test results that led Consumer Reports to issue a rare "don't buy" warning on the 2010 Lexus GX 460 over worries that the vehicle could roll over.

Lexus says it's evaluating potential remedies, but it's "too early to speculate" on what they might be and when they'll be ready. The problem prompted Toyota to halt sales of new GX 460s and conduct tests on all its SUVs.

Meanwhile, the Japanese automaker says it's recalling 600,000 Sienna minivans sold in the U.S. The problem is with rusting cables that hold the spare tire in place. Toyota says road salt can cause
the cable to rust and break, allowing the spare tire to fall off and create a safety hazard for other drivers.

The recall covers the 1998-2010 model year Siennas with two-wheel-drive sold or registered in 20 cold-climate state and the District of Columbia.

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