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Toyota Issues Voluntary Recall on 94,000 2011MY Sienna Minivans

MONDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2010

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Toyota said on Monday it will conduct a voluntary safety recall of some 94,000 units of its new 2011MY Sienna minivan (built before early November 2010) because of a potential problem with the brake light switch bracket. According to the Japanese automaker, due to the proximity with the parking brake, the stop lamp switch bracket could be deformed by the driver’s foot during parking brake operation.

The company said that depending how deformed the bracket becomes, the brake lights may remain on or, if the deformation is significant, the brakes could become partially engaged due to contact from the bracket, resulting in brake drag with associated brake noise, brake vibration, and/or illumination of the brake warning light.

"No other Toyota or Lexus vehicles are involved in this recall, and Toyota is not aware of any accidents or injuries related to this condition," the Japanese carmaker said in a statement.

Owners of the affected Sienna models will be notified about the recall in mid-January 2011, but the fix won't take place before late February due to the lack of parts.

"Owners will receive a second notice by first class mail in approximately late February, once replacement parts become available, and asked to make an appointment with any Toyota dealer to have the remedy performed at no charge," Toyota said.

From Toyota Press Release:

Customer FAQ for Sienna Stop Lamp Switch Bracket Recall

1. Which models are involved in the recall?

Toyota is recalling approximately 94,000 2011 Model Year Sienna vehicles produced before early November 2010. No other vehicles are affected by this recall.

2. What is the condition that prompted Toyota to take this action?

Due to the proximity of the stop lamp (brake light) switch bracket to the parking brake pedal when the parking brake is fully applied, the bracket could, in limited circumstances, be deformed by the driver’s food during parking brake operation.

Depending on the amount of bracket deformation, this condition could cause the brake lights to remain on. If the deformation is significant, the brakes could become partially engaged due to contact from the bracket, resulting in brake drag with associated brake noise, brake vibration, and/or illumination of the brake warning light. If this condition is not noticed and the vehicle continues to be driven, braking effectiveness could be reduced.

3. Are there any warnings that this condition has occurred?

Depending on the amount of stop lamp switch bracket deformation, drivers may notice the rear brake lights remaining “ON” and/or the brakes remaining slightly applied, resulting in brake drag with associated brake noise, brake vibration, and/or illumination of the brake warning light.

4. What is Toyota going to do to remedy this condition?

As part of this recall, Toyota dealers will replace the bracket assembly, which includes the stop lamp switch bracket, with a new one that has been redesigned to take into account the proximity of the component to the parking brake pedal.

5. Is the repair covered by warranty? Will I have to pay any money out of pocket for this repair?

This repair will be performed at no charge to the customer.

6. What should I do if my brake warning lamp is currently illuminated?

If a customer’s the brake warning lamp has illuminated, he/she is asked to please make an appointment with a local Toyota or Lexus dealership for diagnosis. If the condition is confirmed, the dealer will temporarily move the stop lamp switch bracket back to its designed position. The customer will be requested to return to the dealership when the remedy parts become available, as directed by their recall notice.

7. Does Toyota have any record of accidents or injuries related to this defect?

Toyota is not aware of any accidents or injuries related to this defect.

8. What should I do if I still have questions or concerns?

If you still have questions or concerns that have not been addressed here, please contact the Toyota Customer Experience Center at 1-800-331-4331.

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http://carscoop.blogspot.com/2010/12/toyota-issues-voluntary-recall-on-94000.html

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Toyota recalls '11 Siennas over braking issue

David Shepardson / Detroit News Washington Bureau

Washington— Toyota Motor Corp. said today it is recalling more than 94,000 2011 model year Sienna vehicles produced before early November 2010 to replace the brake light switch bracket.

It's the latest in a string of recalls for Toyota this year in the wake of sudden acceleration woes. Toyota paid the largest ever safety fine in U.S. history, $16.4 million, for delaying the recall of 2.3 million vehicles by at least four months.

Toyota has had 17 recalls in 2010 in the United States, recalling a total of 6.75 million vehicles this year — both records for the Japanese automaker. Some of those vehicles have been involved in multiple recalls. Toyota had nine recall campaigns covering 4.8 million vehicles in 2009.

The Japanese-based automaker said the condition could cause brake lights to remain on or they could become partially engaged due to contact from the bracket. It could ultimately reduce braking effectiveness or potentially cause the brakes to smoke.

Toyota told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration the 94,126 recalled vehicles were built between Dec. 22, 2009 and Nov. 4. In total, it has received 32 cases involving the issue, mostly due to brake lights remaining illuminated.

Toyota disclosed it first received a report of the problem before production began in late December 2009 — but did not immediately make any change to the vehicle.

"We were looking to establish a trend," Toyota spokesman Brian Lyons said.

In May, following additional reports of the problem, Toyota changed the material used to make the part, but didn't issue a recall. In early November, Toyota changed the part again, but opted to study the issue for another month before deciding on the recall Dec. 7.

After the first report, Toyota inspected 85 vehicles at a distribution center and found that two had deformed stop-lamp switch brackets.

In March, Toyota inspected an additional 679 vehicles in distribution centers and one was found with a deformed stop-lamp switch bracket.

In October, the automaker received a report that brake drag caused by a deformed stop-lamp switch bracket resulted in smoke from the wheel well area. The following month, a shape change of the bracket was introduced in production.

Toyota said it continued its study of the deformation of the bracket and the effect on braking performance before it made the decision this month to recall the vehicles. It's not clear what prompted the recall five weeks after the design change was implemented.

The company is unaware of any accidents or injuries related to this condition.In mid-January, owners of the vehicles will receive a notification advising them of this recall, with instructions on what to do if they experience this condition and how to minimize the possibility of inadvertently contacting the stop-lamp switch bracket while operating the parking brake.Owners will receive a second notice by first class mail in approximately late February, once replacement parts become available, and they will be asked to make an appointment with a Toyota dealer to have the remedy performed at no charge.Toyota dealers will replace the bracket assembly, which includes the stop-lamp switch bracket, with one that has been redesigned to take into account the proximity of the component to the parking brake pedal.

From The Detroit News: http://detnews.com/article/20101213/AUTO01/12130375/Toyota-recalls-’11-Siennas-over-braking-issue#ixzz1825h5ShQ

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Toyota recalling 94,000 2011 Sienna minivans over brake light bracket issue

by Jeff Glucker (RSS feed) on Dec 13th 2010 at 5:32PM

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Toyota has issued a voluntary recall for approximately 94,000 2011 Sienna minivans produced before the beginning of November 2010. The recall is a result of a Stop Lamp Switch Bracket placed near the parking brake. When the parking brake is fully applied it may deform the switch bracket. This could result in the brake lights remaining lit or even partial engagement of the brakes resulting in a reduction of brake effectiveness over time.

No other vehicles have been affected by the issue and no accidents or injuries have been reported as of a result. Owners of affected vehicles will receive a notice in the mail by the middle of January, which contains instructions on how to handle any affects they might feel if their switch bracket has been deformed. A second notice will be sent out in February to inform customers that replacement parts are now available and appointments can be made with local Toyota service departments. Hop the jump for the full details.

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Toyota Announces Voluntary Recall of Certain 2011 Sienna Vehicles to Replace Stop Lamp Switch Bracket

Customer FAQ for Sienna Stop Lamp Switch Bracket Recall

TORRANCE, Calif., December 13, 2010 – Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc., today announced that it will conduct a voluntary Safety Recall involving approximately 94,000 2011 Model Year Sienna vehicles produced before early November 2010 to replace the stop lamp (brake light) switch bracket. Due to the proximity of the stop lamp switch bracket to the parking brake pedal when the parking brake is fully applied, the stop lamp switch bracket could, in limited circumstances, be deformed by the driver's foot during parking brake operation.

Depending on the amount of bracket deformation, this condition could cause the brake lights to remain on or, if the deformation is significant, the brakes could become partially engaged due to contact from the bracket, resulting in brake drag with associated brake noise, brake vibration, and/or illumination of the brake warning light. If this condition is not noticed and the vehicle continues to be driven, braking effectiveness could be reduced.

No other Toyota or Lexus vehicles are involved in this recall, and Toyota is not aware of any accidents or injuries related to this condition.

The stop lamp switch bracket is welded on to the left side of the brake pedal support assembly. The stop lamp switch provides a signal that indicates the brake pedal has been depressed and illuminates the brake lights.

Owners of the involved vehicles will receive an interim notification advising them of this recall by first class mail beginning in mid-January 2011, along with instructions for what to do if they experience this condition and how to minimize the possibility of inadvertently contacting the stop lamp switch bracket while operating the parking brake. Toyota will also post this information on its website.

Owners will receive a second notice by first class mail in approximately late February, once replacement parts become available, and asked to make an appointment with any Toyota dealer to have the remedy performed at no charge.

Toyota dealers will replace the bracket assembly, which includes the stop lamp switch bracket, with a new one that has been redesigned to take into account the proximity of the component to the parking brake pedal.

Detailed information and answers to questions are available to customers at www.toyota.com/recall and the Toyota Customer Experience Center at 1-800-331-4331

link:

http://www.autoblog.com/2010/12/13/toyota-recalling-94-000-2011-sienna-minivans-over-brake-light-br/

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Toyota Recalling Nearly 100,000 Minivans

Impacts newest 2011 Sienna model.

by Paul A. Eisenstein on Dec.13, 2010

Toyota is recalling nearly 100,000 of its 2011 Sienna minivans due a brake-related problem.

Toyota is ending 2010 much the way the year began, with another recall, though this latest safety action is significantly smaller than the sudden acceleration-related callback that shut down a sizable share of Toyota’s production operations last January.

The newest recall involves 94,000 of the Japanese maker’s newest minivans. A poorly designed brake light switch bracket is mounted too close to the 2011 Toyota Sienna’s parking brake which, when even partially engaged can result in the bracket being deformed. In turn, that can leave the brake lights lit and even result in the brakes themselves being partially applied.

Over time, that could lead to a loss of braking power and premature brake wear, the maker reported.

The news is another setback for a company that has been struggling to get its safety problems behind it. Since October 2009, when the first sudden acceleration recall was announced, Toyota has called back more than 11 million vehicles, the vast majority of them in the U.S. The second sudden acceleration recall, in January 2010, forced the maker to temporarily stop producing a number of key models.

But while the “runaway Toyota” problem has accounted for the lion’s share of the recall tally, in terms of number of vehicles impacted, the company has faced a stream of other safety related issues, including faulty brakes on the 2010 Prius, excess corrosion on older minivans and pickups, sudden stalling with Corollas, and even over-heating electronics with prior-generation Prius hybrids.

The impact is starting to be felt on the bottom line, Toyota profits tumbling in recent quarters as sales and production have begun to slide. The Japanese importer was the only major automaker to suffer a slump in volume in November, one of the best months for the U.S. auto industry, overall, in several years.

In January 2011, Toyota says it will notify owners of Sienna models produced before the beginning of last month advising them of the brake light bracket problem and what to do if an owner believes there is a problem with their vehicle. A second notice is expected to go out in February, when replacement parts become available and Toyota will be able to schedule repairs at local dealerships.

Concerned customers can also contact Toyota by phone, at 1-800-331-4331, or online, at www.Toyota.com/recall .

link:

http://www.thedetroitbureau.com/2010/12/toyota-recalling-nearly-100000-minivans/

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