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Posted this under problems and concerns as well.

Heads up. I was halfway in the passenger sliding door on my 2002 EX-L loading things in when my passenger grabbed the handle (to open the door wider...). The door shut on me and squished me pretty good. Finally I was able to push back hard enough with my shoulder to open it but I'm a very full grown adult and it hurt me. I am really concerned if it should happen to a child! I will be calling my dealer on Monday but wanted to pass this along so people would be extra careful.

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I think this is something of a known problem, but worth reminding people once in a while. The automatic doors only detect an obstruction once they get to within about 6-12 inches of closing (anybody confirm this?). If they are wider open than that they just try to close with all the force the electric motors can muster - which sounds like it is quite considerable. Seems strange that they are designed this way. The amount of force required to close the doors on a steep uphill gradient must be far less than the force you experienced...

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BLB, did you get your problem resolved? I have a similar problem with aggressive power doors crushing me (posted in Problems & Concerns).
 
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