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Toyota Recalling Nearly 100,000 Minivans

Impacts newest 2011 Sienna model.

by on Dec.13, 2010

Toyota is recalling nearly 100,000 of its 2011 Sienna minivans due a brake-related problem.

Toyota is ending 2010 much the way the year began, with another recall, though this latest safety action is significantly smaller than the sudden acceleration-related callback that shut down a sizable share of Toyota’s production operations last January.

The newest recall involves 94,000 of the Japanese maker’s newest minivans.  A poorly designed brake light switch bracket is mounted too close to the 2011 Toyota Sienna’s parking brake which, when even partially engaged can result in the bracket being deformed.  In turn, that can leave the brake lights lit and even result in the brakes themselves being partially applied.

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Over time, that could lead to a loss of braking power and premature brake wear, the maker reported.

The news is another setback for a company that has been struggling to get its safety problems behind it.  Since October 2009, when the first sudden acceleration recall was announced, Toyota has called back more than 11 million vehicles, the vast majority of them in the U.S.  The second sudden acceleration recall, in January 2010, forced the maker to temporarily stop producing a number of key models.


First Look: 2011 Toyota Sienna

Making the minivan cool?

by on Dec.02, 2009

Toyota launches its 3rd-generation Sienna minivan and aims to make gains in a market other brands have abandoned.

Toyota launches its 3rd-generation Sienna minivan and aims to make gains in a market other brands have abandoned, including GM and Ford.

Soccer Mom wagons, rugrat haulers, the minivan may be one of the most functional and efficient forms of transportation on the market, but it just doesn’t get much respect.  Now, Toyota is out to change that with the third generation of its Sienna people mover.

Based on the radical F3R concept that first debuted in Los Angeles two years ago, the 2011 Toyota Sienna doesn’t disguise its purpose, as some manufacturers tried, in years past – recall the unloved Pontiac Montana?  But it’s a cleaner, more stylish vehicle than the classic two-box family hauler, with some nice detailing like the virtually invisible rails for the van’s sliding doors.

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Some question Toyota’s commitment to what they see as a dying segment; other makers, notably Ford and General Motors have pulled out.  But that, insists the Japanese maker, is precisely why it expects to do well.

“While the minivan segment is shrinking, other manufacturers are leaving the segment,” says Bob Carter, general manager of the Toyota division, “and that’s why we see an opportunity.”