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.
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.