Minivan Owners, Beware: Toyota Recalls 615,000 Siennas!

Toyota has recalled more than 600,000 Sienna minivans due to an electrical shift level assembly issue

Toyota has announced a voluntary safety recall of 615,000 Sienna series minivans for a shift lever assembly issue that could potentially cause vehicles to shift out of the park position without using the brake pedal. The Siennas affected are from model years 2004-2005 and 2007-2009.

There is a possibility that the shift lever could be moved from the “P” parked position without the driver pressing the brake pedal, possibly causing the van to roll away. However, according to spokeswoman Cindy Knight and USA Today, the vehicle will not shift out of the “P” position by itself -- the shift lever still needs to be pushed by the driver. The issue has caused 21 accidents, two minor injuries and no deaths.

Toyota will notify owners of the subject vehicles by first class mail to return vehicles for a replacement shift lock. For more detailed information, contact the Toyota Customer Experience Center at 1-800-331-4331 or visit the Toyota press site.

Amanda Hawkins is iVillage’s Associate Lifestyle Editor. Follow her on Pinterest, Twitter and Google+.

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