The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Southeast Toyota are issuing a recall on certain Toyota Corolla compact and Sienna minivan models which stems from aftermarket parts used in the vehicles.
Affected models include model year 2011 Toyota Sienna and 2010-2011 Toyota Corollas. According to the automaker, the retention clip used in the A-pillar, or the struts holding the windshield, may have been damaged during installation of non-Toyota Bluetooth or GPS/navigation systems in certain Corolla models and the installation of non-Toyota Bluetooth or overhead entertainment systems in the Sienna. The NHTSA hypothesizes that the affected A-pillar’s trim panel may break loose in the event of an accident and injure driver, passenger, or both.
There have been no reported accidents or injuries involving the affected A-pillar trim panel, which may involved up to 518 vehicles. Toyota Southeast has started notifying Toyota Corolla and Sienna owners to bring their vehicles to the local dealerships, which will examine the A-pillar and replace the clip free of charge if necessary. Toyota Corolla and Sienna owners wishing additional information can also contact Toyota at (800) 301-6859 or the NHTSA at (888) 327-4236 and reference ID number 11V566000.