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Toyota has announced a recall affecting approximately 615,000 Sienna minivans due to a possible rollaway risk. All of the vehicles in question are from the 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008 and 2009 model years.

In an official statement, the automaker states that the problem stems from the vehicle's shift lever assembly. "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," Toyota said. Because of this fault, the affected Sienna models could roll away without warning, increasing the risk for a crash.

Owners will be notified via first class mail, and the affected Sienna models can be taken to Toyota dealerships to have the shift lock solenoid replaced with a new one. Have a look below for the automaker's official release.
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TOYOTA ANNOUNCES VOLUNTARY RECALL OF CERTAIN SIENNA VEHICLES

TORRANCE, CA September 26, 2013 – Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc. today announced that it will conduct a voluntary safety recall involving approximately 615,000 Sienna minivans from Model Years 2004-2005 and 2007-2009 to address problems with the shift lever assembly.

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 could result in a vehicle roll-away.

All known owners of the subject vehicles 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.

Detailed information is available to customers at www.toyota.com/recall and by calling the Toyota Customer Experience Center at 1-800-331-4331.


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      Love Great Danes
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is a great marketing feature. This feature will help keep up fit and trim. Jog after your van as it leaves! Oh, what a feeling! I\'d call it the Sienna PE .
      normc32
      • 1 Year Ago
      With the continual weekly, if not monthly Toyota recalls annouced, a mini van that even the domestics have abandoned except for Chrysler, and Camry fizzling due to increasing sales of every other sedan, Lentz shouldn't looking for much of Bonus this year.
      • 1 Year Ago
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        BG
        • 1 Year Ago
        Why all the negative votes? Could it be that Autoblog "enthusiasts" don't know about using the the parking brake?
      Scooter
      • 1 Year Ago
      Considering how ugly the thing is, it might be doing you a favor.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Scooter
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          BipDBo
          • 1 Year Ago
          As an owner of a 2004 Sienna, I resen...,No, you're right.
          BG
          • 1 Year Ago
          Neither do mot crossover drivers either.
      Deneway
      • 1 Year Ago
      Another Toyota screw up. Why people support them is a mystery
        Anonymous Howard
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Deneway
        You must walk everywhere then because as far as I'm aware there isn't any car manufacturer that has zero recalls or problems.
          mikoprivat
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Anonymous Howard
          to Karl-T ...not only that but almost all the toyota recalls are because of life safety defects, not just a prematurely burnt out index light...toyota id the BIGGEST joke and the idiot american public keeps on swallowing their $hit...sorry folks but here in Europe we have waaaay more common sense than the Americans when it comes to wisely spending money...this is GARBAGE
      Eddie Burke
      • 1 Year Ago
      I find it absolutely hilarious that pretty much every Toyota from the past decade (Scion/Toyota/Lexus) has had some form of a recall. Most of these recalls being major issues, yet blind consumers continue to purchase these vehicles because of their "reliability". Yes the powertrains are great for the most part, but everything built around those engines are drab, uninspired, and cheap. At the price they charge for some of their vehicles, the engineering flaws are ridiculous.
        Anonymous Howard
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Eddie Burke
        Don\'t forget Honda and Nissan.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Eddie Burke
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        superchan7
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Eddie Burke
        Wait, so what's wrong with buying a car because it's reliable, and the manufacturer does recalls for problems that haven't hurt anyone yet?
      FIDTRO
      • 1 Year Ago
      Two Japanese recalls, Nissan and Toyota? They just keep ******* in the fools with all that "bulletproof Japanese reliability" garbage.
      Shiftright
      • 1 Year Ago
      I say let them all roll away. They won't be missed...now bring us a Supra dammit!
      bootsnchaps60
      • 1 Year Ago
      Oh what a feeling! Not driven, chased.
      superchan7
      • 1 Year Ago
      The parking pawl of an automatic transmission is NOT meant to hold the car on its own. It has too much give to be safe, and its long term durability under that stress is not known. The parking brake is the main tool and is required in all situations. I cringe every time I see people park without setting it.
        BG
        • 1 Year Ago
        @superchan7
        Oops, you just exceeded the driving skill of the typical American suburbanite. Parking brake? What's that? You mean thrashing the shift lever into P while the car/crossover is still moving 2 0r 3 mph is not the correct way to park the thing?
      kontroll
      • 1 Year Ago
      didn't toyota run out of money already after fixing millions upon millions of their substandard cars??? Don't tell me that uncle Abe is not subsidizing this company with trillions of yen. No self repecting free market company can sustain such a huge expenditure, lawsuits, lawyer fees, repairs, damage management, free financing for 70 some months, drastic price cuts etc, etc.for years without going bankrupt!!!!.
      Avinash Machado
      • 1 Year Ago
      How the mighty have fallen.
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