- Toyota is recalling 263 2014 Toyota Sienna minivans in the U.S. because of a problem with the transmission shift cable that could lead to rollaway risk.
- Toyota has issued a stop-sale order to dealers on the minivans until they are repaired.
- "No known reports of accidents or injuries have been received," Toyota said in a document filed with federal safety regulators.
WASHINGTON — Toyota is recalling 263 2014 Toyota Sienna minivans in the U.S. because of a problem with the transmission shift cable that could lead to rollaway risk, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Toyota has issued a stop-sale order to dealers on the minivans until they are repaired.
"The affected vehicles have a transmission shift control cable whose protective cable sleeve may have been damaged during assembly," said NHTSA in its summary of the problem. "This could cause the control cable to bind or separate during gear-shift operation, causing incorrect gear selection.
"If the transmission shift cable separates while the vehicle is being driven, the transmission gear selection may not match the indicated gear and the vehicle may move in an unintended or unexpected direction, increasing the risk of a crash. Furthermore, when the driver goes to stop and park the vehicle, despite selecting the 'Park' position, the transmission may not be in 'Park.'"
NHTSA said there is a risk the vehicle will roll away as the driver and other occupants exit the vehicle or any time thereafter.
"A vehicle rollaway increases the risk of injury to exiting occupants and bystanders," it said.
The problem was discovered in late June during an inspection of a vehicle after assembly. A team member observed abnormal shifting when attempting to drive the vehicle. Toyota told federal safety regulators it is not aware of any reports from the field concerning the defect.
"No known reports of accidents or injuries have been received," Toyota said in a document filed with NHTSA.
The affected Siennas were built from June 17, 2014 through June 24, 2014. Toyota said no other Toyota or Lexus vehicles sold in the U.S. are affected.
Toyota dealers will inspect and replace the transmission shift control cable. The recall has begun. Owners can contact Toyota at 1-800-331-4331.
Edmunds says: If you own one of these 2014 Sienna minivans, it's time to contact your dealer for service.