Toyota is recalling 744,000 examples of the 2011-2016 Toyota Sienna in the United States because the sliding door could open inadvertently while the minivan is on the road.
According to the automaker’s statement, it’s possible that if the power sliding door is impeded while opening, then the motor circuit could overload and open a fuse. If this happens when the door is unlatched, then the slider could potentially open while the minivan is on the move. This could cause a risk of injury to those inside.
Toyota is still working out a way to repair the problem. The company will notify owners by mail in mid-January. The company won’t currently discuss information about accidents or injuries, according to Automotive News.
Toyota debuted the current generation Sienna for the 2011 model year. The company slightly refreshed the minivan for 2015 with slight revisions to the grille and front fascia. The interior featured better materials and new digital displays.
The company has sold 107,369 units of the Sienna in the U.S. through October 2016 – down 6.7 percent from the same period last year. Through all of 2015, Toyota managed to deliver 137,497 examples of the minivan.
The Sienna was previously part recall in June for a total of 7,749 examples of 14 models. It was possible for the seat heater to short circuit. If the problem occurred, there could have been a fire.
Other than Toyota’s ongoing Takata airbag inflator recalls that involve millions of vehicles worldwide, this repair campaign is the automaker’s second largest in the U.S. so far in 2016. The biggest yet happened in February when the company announced repairs for over one million examples of the 2006-2012 Rav4 and 2012-2014 Rav4 EV because the seat cushion frame was able to cut the lap belt in an accident. Dealers installed resin covers for the frames that dulled their edge from slicing the seat belt.
Source: Toyota, Automotive News
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TOYOTA RECALLS CERTAIN SIENNA VEHICLES
PLANO, Texas, November 22, 2016 – Toyota Motor North America, Inc., announced that it is conducting a safety recall of approximately 744,000 Model Year 2011-2016 Toyota Sienna vehicles in the U.S.
In the involved vehicles, there is a possibility that, under certain limited conditions, if the sliding door opening operation is impeded, the sliding door motor circuit could be overloaded, opening the fuse for the motor. If this occurs when the door latch is in an unlatched position, the door could open while driving, increasing the risk of injury to a vehicle occupant.
Toyota is currently developing the remedy for this condition. All known owners of the involved vehicles will be notified by first class mail by mid-January.
Information about automotive recalls, including but not limited to the list of involved vehicles, is subject to change over time. For the most up-to-date Safety Recall information on Lexus, Toyota and Scion customers should check their vehicle’s status by visiting http://www.toyota.com/recall and entering the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN). Safety Recall inquiry by individual VIN is also available at the NHTSA site: safercar.gov/vin. For any additional questions, customer support is also available by calling Toyota Customer Service at 1-800-331-4331 or Lexus Customer Service at 1-800-255-3987.