Toyota Motor Sales announced that it will recall 94,000 2011 model year Sienna models which were produced before early November 2010, in order to replace the stop lamp (brake light) switch bracket.
Apparently, due to the proximity of the stop lamp switch bracket to the parking brake pedal when the parking brake is fully applied, the stop lamp switch bracket could be deformed by the driver's foot during parking brake operation. As a result, this could cause the brake lights to remain on or the brakes could become partially engaged.
This could cause in brake drag with associated brake noise, brake vibration, and/or illumination of the brake warning light. In these conditions, the braking effectiveness could be reduced.
The good news is that no other Toyota or Lexus vehicles are involved in this recall, and no accidents or injuries related to this problem were reported.
Owners of the involved vehicles will be notified by first class mail beginning in mid-January 2011. A second notice will be received in late February.
The Toyota dealers will replace the bracket assembly, which includes the stop lamp switch bracket, with a new one that has been redesigned in order to take into account the proximity of the component to the parking brake pedal.