Toyota Sienna minivan recallToyota Motor (TM) is recalling about 94,000 Sienna minivans from the 2011 model year in the U.S. to fix brackets for brake lamp switches. The brackets are susceptible to damage and could lead to eventual loss of braking effectiveness, the automaker said Monday.

In a statement, Toyota said the problem is caused by the proximity of the brake-light switch bracket to the foot-operated parking brake. When engaging the parking brake, the driver's foot could deform the bracket if the pedal is fully depressed. The resulting damage could cause the vehicles' brake lights to remain on.

If the deformation is significant, the vehicle's brakes could become partially engaged, resulting in brake drag and causing brake noise and vibration, and possibly the illumination of the brake warning light, the company said. Should the vehicle continue to be driven, braking effectiveness could be reduced.

Toyota said it isn't aware of any incidents or accidents related to the defect.

FAQs Available for Sienna Owners

Owners of affected vehicles, which were manufactured prior to early November, will receive an initial notification about the recall via first-class mail beginning in mid-January along with instructions for what to do if they experience the condition and how to minimize damage to their vehicles.

After replacement parts become available in late February, Toyota said owners should receive a second notice, to make an appointment with a Toyota dealer to have the bracket replaced at no charge. Dealers will replace the defective part, which includes the stop-light switch bracket, with a new one that has been redesigned to take into account the proximity of the switch to the parking brake pedal, the automaker said.

Toyota has published a list of frequently asked questions regarding the recall at its website.

This recall is the latest in a string of mishaps for the world's largest automaker. So far this year, Toyota has recalled more than 10 million cars worldwide, mostly to fix problems related to unintended acceleration. The numerous actions have put a dent in Toyota's reputation for quality and safety as well as its sales. After supplanting Ford Motor (F) several years ago to become the U.S.'s second-largest auto supplier, Toyota this year has consistently trailed its rival.

Toyota also faces numerous lawsuits stemming from the recall of some 8 million cars in the U.S. related to unintended acceleration. Late Friday, Federal District Judge James V. Selna made final a tentative ruling that will allow plaintiffs to pursue class actions against Toyota, alleging losses from personal injuries or death related to incidents of unintended acceleration.


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Patti

You couln't GIVE me one! I am really surprised that there are people out there that still trust them and to continiue to purchase these cars!!!!!

December 15 2010 at 1:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
joma5004

Sooo Toyota spends how much per hour on quality control? I don't think its working. Anyone who buys a toyota product is a fool!

December 14 2010 at 10:08 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
len5

CR named toyotas a best buy for years even while people were being killed in them caused by quality issues. toyota quietly bought cars back while forcing the sellers to sign non-disclosure contracts as people were killed and maimed. Still, CR rated toyotas a best buy. CR claims they don't take any money from manufacturers. Take it from there.

December 14 2010 at 9:53 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
eds530

Toyota seems to be falling apart at the seams here in the U.S. Wonder who is making the parts to build their cars as they seem to be getting worse and worse all of the time. Glad I don't own one of the POS

December 14 2010 at 8:26 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
PDK

One other note..I bought my wife a Dodge Journy SXT Crossover SUV Seven passenger, after comparing and driving all the imports in the same class; this vehicle has he highest crash test and safety rating. I buy new cars every two years and I can't get my wife to trade in her Journy for anything. I drive a Dodge Ram pickup 'also five star rated', I love this truck....

December 14 2010 at 1:04 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
PDK

Another POS from Toyota...I Only Buy German and American vehicles. The Japanese can keep thier poorly engineered vehicles. I've been in law enforcement for twenty years, and the majority of vehicle that preform poorly in crashes in my opinion are the Japanese and other Asian imports. I would never put my family in one of them.

December 14 2010 at 12:52 AM Report abuse +6 rate up rate down Reply
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kailani1

What do you know about the cars you've never owned or driven? You should keep your opinions relative to donuts.

December 15 2010 at 6:16 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Rockyraimi

Toyota never had these kinds of problems when they were manufactured in Japan. These American made Toyotas inherit the poor quality of American made cars.

December 13 2010 at 11:03 PM Report abuse -6 rate up rate down Reply
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lionview

Does Toyota make anything that doesn't have a problem ? I'll continue to buy American and pass those that don't stranded by the side of the road.

December 13 2010 at 9:58 PM Report abuse +9 rate up rate down Reply
toosmart4u

Every time we purchase anything foreign our children go further and further in debt.

December 13 2010 at 8:55 PM Report abuse +13 rate up rate down Reply
Steve

They need to send Toyota back to were they came from. Before they kill all Americans

December 13 2010 at 8:39 PM Report abuse +15 rate up rate down Reply