Toyota Sienna owners continue to complain of significant problems with sliding doors. A class action has been filed and claims can be asserted for repair costs, diminished value, or loss of use.
There is an abnormal and elevated rate of product problems and failure with the sliding doors on the Toyota Sienna due to improper and/or defective design or manufacture. Toyota outfitted the Sienna with automated rear sliding doors common to minivans. Many owners have experienced both the rear sliding doors stuck shut and unable to open by any means, manual or automatic, as well as the doors opening spontaneously. They have incurred costs for attempted repair of the doors, loss of use of the vehicle, and expenditures for rental vehicles while the vehicle was being serviced. Sliding doors being stuck shut and opening spontaneously presents safety risks.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) compiles data on product problems and defects, and tracks vehicle recall information. NHTSA’s November 29, 2016 campaign, number 16V858000, is entitled “Power Sliding Door May Open While Driving”. The NHTSA campaign is directed at Toyota Sienna minivans and indicates, “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.”
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