Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Toyota Recalling Sienna Minivans to Replace a Brake Bracket

Toyota recalling 94,000 Sienna minivans over brake lamp issue.
AFP (12/14) reports, "Toyota on Monday recalled some 94,000 of its 2011 Sienna minivans in the United States to replace a brake bracket that could get stuck. Citing a light problem that could cause unwanted brake activation, Toyota announced it was just the latest in a series of recalls."
The AP (12/14, Thomas) reports the company explained that "a driver's foot could hit the switch bracket and deform it while applying the parking brake pedal." The AP notes, "The switch bracket is welded on to the left side of the brake pedal assembly. The brake lamp provides a signal to indicate that the brake pedal has been depressed and illuminates the brake lights."
The USA Today (12/13, Meier) "Drive On" blog said, "Depending on the amount of damage, the brake lights could stay on or the brakes could stay partially engaged, resulting in brake drag that would increase wear and may produce '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,' says Toyota."

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