Toyota Motor Corp’s U.S. unit said on Thursday it is recalling about 694,000 Sienna minivans in North America due to a shift lever problem.
Toyota said that because of possible damage to the shift lock solenoid installed in vehicles involved in the recall, the minivans could shift out of “park” and roll away without the driver depressing the brake pedal.
Toyota spokeswoman Cindy Knight said Toyota has received reports of 21 “minor” accidents in the United States and three minor accidents in Canada. Two of the incidents involved what Toyota called minor injuries, such as bruises.
Sienna is the second-best-selling minivan in the U.S. market, behind the Dodge Caravan made by Chrysler, and is particularly popular among Orthodox Jews.