• Dec 13, 2010
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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


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Poor Toyota can't get a break from recalls.
        • 4 Years Ago
        They can't get a "break" because none of their "brakes" work right.
      • 4 Years Ago
      They can't do anything right.

      What a rotten company.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Ed is right. That's a big reason I went Hyundai 6 years ago.
      • 4 Years Ago
      What kind of parking brake does the affected Sienna have? I'm having a hard time understanding how the parking brake mechanism could affect the brake light switch...(unless they're talking about the parking brake warning light switch)...

        • 4 Years Ago
        Probably one of the foot-pedal types like pickups and most minivans have. The issue here is that if you press it down all the way, it'd hit and bend the bracket for the brake light switch.

        (Granted, I'm having a hard time envisioning someone who can "Fully Engage" a parking brake pedal.)
      • 4 Years Ago
      "Brakes" and "toyota": two words that haven't gone well when in the same sentence this year.
      • 4 Years Ago
      After recalling 12 million cars this year, Consumer Reports still has Toyota rated as top dog. I find that hard to believe. Toyota is really Teflon coated. It's ashame that, that has a negative effect on the other auto makers.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Well it's business as usual at Toyota...this is the recall of the week, let's see whats coming next week....
        • 4 Years Ago
        Maybe, as only Toyota can do, they sneak in a fix for the gas pedals.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Sound like the original switch bracket is made of really thin stuff. The bean counters did it to Toyota again!
      • 4 Years Ago
      In autoblogs review of the Explorer, they mentioned the firestone tire incident from 11 years ago as something that had tarnished their image.


      How's Toyota image doing fellas? Make sure you mention that in your next review.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Im really curious when companies like KBB or CR will start think, maybe just maybe we shoiuld actually test the cars before giving them the stellar ratings we have been. Keep up the great work Toyota, your really knocking yourself out of the park.....completely!
      • 4 Years Ago
      We have a 2002 Toyota Sienna van with 115,000 miles on it. We drove it to California in April from Indiana taking U.S 66 there and back. It was a life changing drive and our van made the whole trip with NO problems at all. We love our van and plan on taking the drive again soon. We had one recall fixed with the spare tire cable but other than that we have only great things to say about our van.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Cheeeaaaapppp, cheeeaaaapppp.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I've worked for Toyota for over 22 years so call me bias,a lemming whatever you want but I just don't get all the Toyota hate.For anyone who believes recalls,TSB's,defects and especially sudden unintended acceleration only happens to Toyota check out this website, aboutautomobile.com.It's linked to the office of defect investigation from the government.It lists all recalls,TSB's and complaints.Pay special attention to the customer complaints under vehicle speed control.EVERY manufacturer goes through this but as of late only Toyota makes the headlines.For anyone that believes there isn't even a hint of political spin against Toyota you're just being the lemming.
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