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Toyota, Nissan recalling more than 700,000 vehicles in U.S.

Toyota is recalling 615,000 Sienna minivans in the United States due to a problem with the shift lever that could result in unexpected rollaways.

NBC NEWS -- Toyota is recalling 615,000 Sienna minivans in the United States due to a problem with the shift lever that could result in unexpected rollaways.

Meanwhile, Nissan is recalling about 100,000 Infiniti M luxury sedans in the U.S. because of accelerator sensor problems that could cause stalls.

The Toyota recall involves Siennas produced at the maker’s plant in Indiana from model years 2004-2005 and 2007-2009. Another 56,000 of the vehicles went to Canada, with a small number also sold in Mexico, Germany and Guatemala, bringing the recall total to 694,000.

The problem centers around the vehicle’s gearshift lever which, according to Toyota, can experience damage to the shift lock solenoid. If that occurs, a driver can inadvertently nudge the lever out of the park position without first depressing the brake, allowing the vehicle to roll away if it isn’t on a level surface. The maker emphasized that the Sienna van cannot shift out of park on its own.

Toyota acknowledges receiving reports of 21 “minor” accidents” in the U.S., with another three reported in Canada. Two of those resulted in bruises and other minor injuries.

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