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Toyota Recalls 615,000 Sienna Minivans For Roll-Away Issue UPDATED


2009 Toyota Sienna

2009 Toyota Sienna

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Toyota is conducting a voluntary safety recall of certain 2004-2005 and 2007 through 2009 Toyota Sienna minivans to fix a problem involving the shift lever assembly.

2005 Toyota Sienna XLE AWD

2005 Toyota Sienna XLE AWD

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The problem

In a statement, Toyota said that “because of the potential for damage to the shift lock solenoid installed in involved vehicles, there is a possibility that the shift lever could be moved out of the “P” position without the driver depressing the brake pedal.”

This condition could result in a vehicle roll-away.

As reported in the Los Angeles Times, a Toyota spokesperson said the automaker knows of 21 related accidents, mostly minor property damage, and two reports of minor injuries.

2007 Toyota Sienna LE

2007 Toyota Sienna LE

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What Toyota will do

Toyota will notify owners of affected 2004-2005 and 2007 through 2009 Toyota Sienna minivans by first-class mail, asking them to bring their vehicles to a Toyota dealer for replacement of the shift lock solenoid.

In the meantime, owners of vehicles from these model years who want to know if their vehicle is involved in the voluntary safety recall may go to www.toyota.com/recall and type in their vehicle’s 17-digit vehicle identification number. They can also contact Toyota at 1-800-331-4331.

UPDATE

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has posted an official recall notice on its website for 614,722 Toyota Sienna minivans , ID #13V429000. Affected vehicles include 2005-2005 Toyota Siennas built from January 10, 2003 through August 10, 2005 and 2007-2009 Toyota Siennas built from February 20, 2007 through December 12, 2008. Owners of vehicles involved in the campaign may contact NHTSA’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 or go to http://www.safercar.gov

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