Toyota recently announced that it was recalling nearly 750,000 motor vehicles in the United States due to an issue with the cars’ sliding doors.
The recall involves Toyota Sienna minivans that were manufactured between 2011 and 2016. Approximately 744,000 vehicles are affected by the product recall.
According to a statement issued by the auto manufacturer, the sliding door on the Sienna minivans can potentially unlatch and open while the vehicle is in motion. It is believed that the issue may be caused by overloading of the motor circuit for the sliding door, which can lead to the motor’s fuse breaching and then the door suddenly sliding open. The problem can be exacerbated when the door’s latch is unlatched while driving.
Toyota has indicated that there have not been any reports of injuries or accidents being caused by the defective doors on any of the affected Sienna vehicles. However, the possibility of serious injuries exists anytime the door slides open on a van while the vehicle is in motion. Moreover, if the Sienna is being driven at a high speed on a highway or freeway, the driver may not be able to safely slow down or pull over before a catastrophe occurs. That’s why it is imperative that anyone currently driving one of the recalled minivans contacts the auto manufacturer or a local car dealership to arrange for repairs.
The vehicle recall is voluntary at this time, with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) providing assistance to Toyota during the process. It is expected that owners of the recalled cars will received further instructions in January.
Takata Airbag Recall
This is just the latest recall to be issued by a major auto manufacturer in the U.S. Practically every vehicle manufacturer, including Toyota, has previously recalled cars as a result of defective Takata airbags. The passenger-side airbag inflators in the motor vehicles were prone to exploding with too much force, especially in humid conditions. At least 13 people have already died in accidents involving the faulty airbags, with more than 100 people suffering injuries in auto accidents in which the airbags exploded and caused shrapnel to fly into drivers and passengers.
The Toyota Sienna was not initially listed among the vehicles that needed to be recalled and repaired because of defective Takata airbags. However, after intense pressure by federal auto safety regulators, Toyota expanded its recall to include the Sienna minivans. To date, more than 42 million cars from Toyota and other major auto manufacturers have already been recalled in the U.S.
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