Toyota Motor North America Inc. is recalling about 744,000 of its popular Sienna minivans over an issue with the vehicles’ sliding doors, which can open while driving. The issue lies with the motor circuit in the sliding door for Sienna vans of model year 2011 to 2016, which “under certain limited conditions” can become overloaded and open the motor’s fuse, allowing the opportunity for the door to become unlatched and open, even while the car is running and being driven. Toyota is “currently developing the remedy for this condition,” and all owners of possibly affected vehicles will be notified of recall procedures by mid-January.
The automaker has had a busy year for recalls, mainly due to its longtime use of airbags manufactured by Takata Corp. Since the defect became known last year, Toyota has recalled millions of vehicles in the U.S. and elsewhere, announcing another round of recalls at the end of October that will affect close to 6 million vehicles worldwide.
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