The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is currently investigating Toyota Motor Company’s 2004 and 2005 Sienna Minivans that have power rear lift gates. There have been 14 reported injuries from the lift gate closing unexpectedly.
The auto recall involves 142,418 Sienna minivans. Federal regulators want to investigate if gas in the high-pressure struts that open and close the lift gates leak from a faulty seal.
Toyota is conducting their own investigation internally and they are cooperating with the NHTSA.
In a related matter, the Japanese automaker reported that it will ask owners of 159,100 2001-02 RAV4 SUVs and 60,700 2001-03 four-cylinder Highlander SUVs to bring their vehicles to dealers to fix a faulty check engine light.
The engine check light tends to come on for no explainable reason and can cause a vehicle to fail a safety or emissions inspection in many states. The faulty lights do not affect the vehicles’ operation, however.
In total, over 362,000 Toyota vehicles are currently involved in the NHTSA and Toyota investigations and recalls.