The Basics: Toyota is recalling 744,437 Sienna minivans from models years 2011 through 2016 in the United States because their sliding doors may not close properly. There are currently over 1,200 new Sienna minivans on dealer lots that cannot be sold until a fix has been found.
The Problem: According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 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. Obviously, an open sliding door could be a safety hazard.
Injuries/Deaths: In an emailed statement, a spokesperson for Toyota said, "We would like to refrain from commenting on this matter."
The fix: So far unknown. According to NHTSA, "the remedy for this recall is still under development."
If you own one: Notices are expected to be mailed to owners by January 21, 2017. Owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-800-331-4331. Toyota's number for this recall is G04.