GM Recalling 717,302 Chevy, Pontiac, Olds Minivans

General Motors Corp. (GM) will recall 717,302 minivans because passengers could hurt their arms or wrists when opening a power sliding door, U.S. safety regulators said on Thursday.

Vehicles affected by the recall are Chevrolet Venture (search) and Pontiac Montana (search) minivans from the 1997-2005 model years, Oldsmobile Silhouette from the 1997-2004 model years, and Pontiac Trans Sport (search) from the 1997-1999 model years, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (search) said.

GM, the world's largest automaker, is recommending that owners do not use the interior door handle of the minivan to open the door, the agency said. The driver can open and close the door from switches at the driver's position or by using the remote key fob.

The agency has received 21 complaints from consumers, including 19 cases of arm or wrist injuries. These include 13 cases of broken bones requiring a cast or surgery.