This time, the brand-new 2011 Sienna model has a glitch. To be more precise, a problem with the positioning of the stop lamp switch bracket and the parking brake pedal. One which made Toyota announce it will be calling back into service some 94,000 units.
Toyota says that the proximity between the stop lamp switch bracket and the parking brake pedal could lead to deformation of the former. This, in turn, might cause the brakes to become partially engaged and bring with it a whole lot of associated problems: brake noise, brake vibration, and/or illumination of the brake warning light.
This new brake problem for Toyota could lead, in severe cases, to a loss of braking effectiveness. Toyota says it has so far received no notice of a crash being caused by the newly discovered problem.
The carmaker will send the affected cars to dealers on its own cost. The recall is expected to begin next year, after the notifications are sent in February. Before the cars get fixed, Toyota will do its best to teach owners how to cope with the problem.
Having learned from the previous recalls, Toyota is now better organized and has setup a special web page where owners can find out more about the problem. Also, those interested in learning more can call the Toyota Customer Experience Center at 1-800-331-4331.