Details of Newest Toyota & Infiniti Recalls
Last week, two Asian automakers announced vehicle recalls totaling more than 700,000 units.
The larger of the campaigns came from Toyota Motor Sales USA, which said it will conduct a voluntary safety recall involving approximately 615,000 Sienna minivans from model years 2004 through 2005, and 2007 through 2009.
The reason: To address problems with the shift lever assembly.
“Because of the potential for damage to the shift lock solenoid installed in involved vehicles, there is a possibility that the shift lever could be moved out of the 'P' position without the driver depressing the brake pedal. This could result in a vehicle roll-away,” Toyota said.
The OEM indicated all known owners of the subject vehicles will be notified by first class mail to return their vehicles to a Toyota dealer for replacement of the shift lock solenoid with a new one.
Detailed information is available to customers at www.toyota.com/recall and by calling the Toyota Customer Experience Center at (800) 331-4331.
Meanwhile at Infiniti, the automaker notified the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that it will conduct a voluntary safety recall campaign on the Infiniti M Line from the 2006 through 2010 model years. This campaign covers approximately 98,300 units.
Inifiniti explained the recall stems from the need to replace the accelerator pedal assembly and reprogram the engine control module (ECM).
“On some vehicles, an accelerator pedal sensor may cause the vehicle to go into a fail-safe (limp home) mode when the pedal is pushed to the right while being depressed,” Infiniti spokesperson Kyle Bazemore said in a message to Auto Remarketing.
“In rare instances, this may cause the engine to stop running while idling or coming to a stop. In these instances, the vehicle can restart,” Bazemore continued.
Infiniti plans to begin notifying customers in early November. Infiniti dealers will replace the accelerator pedal assembly and will reprogram the ECM at no cost to customers for parts or labor.
“Infiniti prides itself in providing a high standard of customer satisfaction, and we regret any inconvenience this may cause our owners,” Bazemore said.