Toyota has announced that they will be recalling their popular Sienna minivan for a gearshift lever issue. In all, nearly 615,000 vehicles that were produced for both the 2004-2005, as well as the 2007-2009 model years are affected.
The issue with the gearshift lever is that there is a defect in the shift lever assembly that could allow the vehicle's transmission to shift out of Park, without having to press on the brake pedal first. Normally, the driver would have to depress the pedal as a safety precaution.
Thus far, Toyota is reporting that there have been approximately 21 accidents, with two reports of minor injuries. However, most of the accidents resulted in only minor property damage. The Japanese automaker will be contacting registered owners to request that they bring their vehicle in for inspection and repair. Authorized technicians will inspect, then replace the shift lock solenoid. Toyota has also advised that owners that have purchased an used Sienna to go to the recall section on their main website, and enter in the 17-digit vehicle identification number (located in either the lower right hand corner of the windshield, or on the driver's side doorjamb), to see if their vehicle is a part of the latest Toyota recall.
Source: Los Angeles Times