Brake light issue forces Sienna recall


 Toyota Canada is recalling 12,600 brand new 2011 Siennas to replace the brake light switch bracket.

The automaker says when the parking brake is fully applied, the stop lamp switch bracket could be deformed by the driver’s foot during parking brake operation due to the proximity of the stop lamp switch bracket to the parking brake pedal.

“Depending on the amount of bracket deformation, this condition could cause the brake lights to remain on or, if the deformation is significant, the brakes could become partially engaged due to contact from the bracket, resulting in brake drag with associated brake noise, brake vibration, and/or illumination of the brake warning light,” the company said in a release posted on its website.

“If this condition is not detected and the vehicle continues to be driven, braking effectiveness could be reduced.”

No other Toyota or Lexus vehicles are involved in this recall and Toyota says it is not aware of any accidents or injuries related to this condition.

Owners of the involved vehicles will receive an interim notification advising them of this recall by first class mail in the near future, along with instructions for what to do if they experience this condition and how to minimize the possibility of inadvertently contacting the stop lamp switch bracket while operating the parking brake.  

Toyota dealers will replace now have to brake pedal support assembly, which includes the stop lamp switch bracket, with a new one that has been redesigned to take into account the proximity of the component to the parking brake pedal.