Toyota announced that is recalling 694,000 Toyota Sienna minivans because a problem with shift lock could cause the minivan to shift out of “Park” and possibly roll away.
The Toyota Sienna model years that are affected by the recall include 2007 to 2009 and 2004 to 2005.
According to this article, “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.”
Honda volunteered the 2014 Honda Odyssey for the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s latest safety test and became the first minivan to pass it. The 2014 Honda Odyssey earned the Top Safety Pick Plus rating from the IIHS, the first minivan to do so.
Other automakers have opted not to have their minivans tested because the IIHS small overlap test is not required yet.
“Our goal at Honda is to continuously advance the safety performance of every Honda vehicle to fulfill the trust our customers place in Honda,” said Art St. Cyr, vice president of product planning and logistics for American Honda Motor Co. Inc.
“We didn’t have to do this,” he said. “Some of our competitors have made the choice not to target this top safety rating even when introducing new models,” he said. “We are targeting and achieving this high standard even as part of mid-cycle refreshes on key, high-volume products. We are very confident that our model count will grow and grow even further in the coming months with testing of the all-new Acura RLX and the MDX.”
Here at Apple Valley Honda, Northwest Honda, and Sims Honda dealerships we are proud to sell some of the safest vehicles on the road, including the 2014 Honda Odyssey, the first minivan to earn the Top Safety Pick Plus rating. We know that you want your family to be safe, so we are proud to be a part of company that doesn’t wait until it’s required to meet safety standards; it initiates change and becomes the first in the industry.
Stop by Apple Valley Honda, Northwest Honda, or Sims Honda dealership today to take the safety minivan in the industry for a test drive: the 2014 Honda Odyssey!