DETROIT, Sept 26 Toyota Motor Corp's
U.S. unit said on Thursday it is recalling about 694,000 Sienna
minivans in North America due to a shift lever problem.
Toyota USA said that because of possible damage to the shift
lock solenoid installed in vehicles involved in the recall, the
minivans could shift out of "park" and roll away without the
driver depressing the brake pedal.
The vehicles were made at Toyota's plant in Indiana. The
Siennas are from model years 2007 to 2009 and from 2004 to 2005.
Most of the recalled vehicles, about 615,000, are in the
United States. About 56,000 of the recalled minivans are
registered in Canada, 23,000 in Mexico, 300 in Germany and 10 in
Toyota spokeswoman Cindy Knight said Toyota has received
reports of 21 "minor" accidents in the United States and three
minor accidents in Canada. Two of the incidents involved what
Toyota called minor injuries, such as bruises.
Sienna is the second-best-selling minivan in the U.S.
market, behind the Dodge Caravan made by Chrysler, an affiliate
of Fiat SpA. Sienna's sales through August were up 5
percent from a year earlier at 86,459 and Caravan's sales were
down 15 percent at 94,639, according to Autodata Corp.