Toyota recalls year 2011-2016 Toyota Sienna minivans over failure of power sliding door

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Toyota is recalling certain model year 2011-2016 Toyota Sienna minivans manufactured January 4, 2010, to August 12, 2016. If the power sliding door is unable to be opened when commanded, such as if the door is frozen shut, the door may subsequently open unexpectedly, possibly while the vehicle is moving.

If door opens while the vehicle is moving, there would be an increased risk of injury to the vehicle occupants.

744,437 vehicles are affected by the recall

The remedy for this recall is still under development. Interim notices are expected to be mailed to owners by January 21, 2017.

Toyota investigated over faulty sliding doors on Sienna minivans

Lawyers have initiated an investigation of claims that Toyota Sienna minivans have been installed with faulty sliding doors.  According to the investigation, when parked on a slope, the sliding doors close automatically without warning, apparently due to a manufacturing defect that causes the mechanism to be unable to keep the door held in an open position when at an incline. 

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