Toyota and Nissan issue fresh vehicle recalls

The new 2010 Toyota Sienna is displayed during the Los Angeles Auto Show on December 2, 2009 in Los Angeles, California (AFP/File, Gabriel Bouys)
Toyota and Nissan are recalling some 1.5 million vehicles between them. Nissan Motor Co. recalled 908,900 vehicles around the world Thursday for defective accelerator sensors that could cause the engine to stall.
Toyota will recall nearly 700,000 Sienna minivans in North America to fix a gear shift defect, the Japanese automaker said Thursday.
The faulty shift lever has been found to occasionally slip out of the park position, which "could result in a vehicle roll-away," Toyota said.
"There were 21 minor accidents and two included minor injuries," Toyota spokeswoman Cindy Knight told AFP.
"The minor accidents involved some minor property damage. The injuries are on the order of bruises."
A lock on the shift level generally prevents the vehicle from moving out of the park position unless the brake is depressed. But Toyota found this lock could become damaged and is contacting customers to inspect and replace it.
The bulk of the recalled vehicles — 615,000 — are in the United States. Another 56,000 will be recalled in Canada and 23,000 will be recalled in Mexico.
There are also 300 affected Siennas in Germany and 100 in Guatemala, Knight said.
The recall affects model years 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008 and 2009.
Meanwhile, Nissan said it is recalling 908,900 vehicles globally due to a flaw in an accelerator sensor but added that no accidents had been reported.
Nissan said the accelerator pedal\’s sensor could become unstable, leading to a less-than-intended acceleration. It added that in a worst case scenario, the engine could stall.
Source: AFP and agencies
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