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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
19,390 miles

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2008 Toyota Sienna body / paint problems

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2008 Toyota Sienna Owner Comments

problem #1

Mar 222009


  • 19,390 miles


My husband was driving in Florida in our rented Toyota Sienna minivan, and five family members were in the car, on a highway. Suddenly the engine hood came unhooked and flew up, hitting the front windshield. The glass shattered and we were showered with glass, but the bigger problem was that the view out the front was almost totally obstructed. We managed to see through a small crevice underneath the hood, which was now upright and covering almost all the windshield. We were able to pull off the highway without further incident. Please note I am not the owner of this automobile, but rather my husband yonathan epelbaum had rented it from national car company. The car has been returned to national, and the incident was reported to the police at the time of the incident. We were very lucky to have escaped serious injury. The incident happened during daylight, which helped, as at least the daylight helped with visibility through the very small opening under the hood, from which we were able to steer and change lanes safely while exiting the highway. Injuries were fortunately very minor so I am recording as "no injuries" but there was an issue with glass. Considering we might have been killed, we feel very fortunate my husband managed to steer us out of it without hitting anything or being hit. Other cars around us were going very fast so the situation was exceedingly dangerous.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

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