Toyota and Transport Canada has announced a recall of more than 60,000 Sienna minivans whose power-operated sliding side doors could get stuck.
The automaker says that in situations where the electric door mechanism is activated but the door is prevented from moving — say it’s caked in ice from freezing rain — the motor will continue to try to move the door until the electric fuse blows.
And in a situation like that freezing rain example, if the door has already unlatched it could open while the van is being driven.
Toyota says it hasn’t yet come up with a fix, but we suspect it will involve a reprogramming of the doors’ auto-stop function, which is usually engaged when something or someone gets in the way of the moving door.
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