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Double Tap for the 2014 Toyota Highlander

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On: Thu, Jun 12, 2014 at 7:51AM | By: Karen Cook

Double Tap for the 2014 Toyota Highlander

The 2014 Toyota Highlander is the subject of two recent recalls.

The first one involves 50,000 Highlander and Highlander Hybrid vehicles due to faulty seat belt restraint software. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), “The affected vehicles may have improper software installed in the airbag electronic control unit for the operation of the front passenger seatbelt force limiter and, as a result, the force limiter may use the restraint setting designed for small occupants, such as those that weigh approximately 110 pounds, for all occupants regardless of their size. In the event of a crash, a larger front passenger seat occupant may not be properly restrained an be at an increased risk for injury.”

There have been no crashes, injuries or fatalities connected with this fault, but Toyota has requested that dealers immediately stop selling the crossovers until the problem is rectified. This problem was discovered during internal testing and the manufacturer says there are no warning lights to alert owners if a vehicle is affected. No other Toyota, Lexus or Scion vehicles are involved. Letters will go out in mid-June and dealers are authorized to install a software update to fix the problem.

In a much smaller recall, 231 Highlanders will need to be inspected for an flaw in the second row right-hand seat, which could come out of the track. “If the seat does not fully lock into the inboard seat track, this could increase the risk of the seat coming out of the track and injuring the occupant in the event of a crash,” according to the NHTSA. The problem surfaced during routine inspections and Toyota says that no other Toyota or Lexus vehicles use this seat track assembly. All covered Highlanders were built between April 23rd and 29th of this year.

Letter will be sent sometime this month and dealers will inspect the seat and replace it if necessary. There have been no crashes, injuries or fatalities reported.

Questions should be referred to Toyota at 1-800-331-4331.


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