Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc. announced a voluntary recall for owners of certain Sienna minivans. This is the second Toyota recall in one month.
This recall involves about 615,000 Sienna minivans from Model Years 2004-2005 and 2007-2009. The shift lever assembly has the potential for damage, specifically to the shift lock solenoid. The shift lever could possibly move out of the “P” position without the driver depressing the brake pedal. If this happens, the Sienna minivan could roll away without a driver.
A Toyota spokesperson noted that Toyota received reports of 21 “minor” accidents in the U.S. and three minor accidents in Canada. Two of the accidents resulted in minor injuries.
The affected vehicles were built at the Toyota plant in Indiana. Although nearly all of these minivans were sold in the United States, there are about 56,000 recalled Siennas in Canada, 23,000 in Mexico, 300 in Germany, and 10 in Guatemala. The Toyota Sienna is the second most popular minivan in the U.S. automobile market, behind the Dodge Caravan.
All owners of the minivans subject to this Toyota recall will be notified by first class mail to return their vehicles to a Toyota dealer for replacement of the shift lock solenoid with a new one.
Toyota customers can find additional information at http://www.toyota.com/recalland by calling the Toyota Customer Experience Center at 1-800-331-4331.