• May 3, 2008
Slightly more than 90,000 Toyota Highlanders are being recalled for a seatbelt problem in the third row. The recalled crossovers are all 2008 models built between May of 2007 and March of this year. The stock belts could prevent secure mounting of a rear-facing child seat in the third row, and dealers will install a redesigned part on affected Highlanders. The problem with the third row belts hasn't spawned any complaints or injuries, and owners will be notified starting in June. Still, Toyota has put the brakes on Highlander sales until current stock is retrofitted and assembly lines are resupplied with the new part.


[Source: AP via WCVB]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Haven't seen anything from Toyota regarding this. I haven't seen a message on the dealer website either. Just sold one too!! I think the story is overblown.
      • 6 Years Ago
      LOL! good one dan.you said that as if you actually believe that,everyone knows a toyota recall brings alot more traffic than any other manufacturer ,so please spare me.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Agreed, Ford's issues continue to kill people and some people are going after Toyota for proactively resolving an issue. Toyota is not a perfect company and nobody on here is saying that they are. Be honest with yourself and look at the facts over the past 1.5 weeks several recalls have been issued and the only ones to see the light of day on this website are the ones issue by Toyota and Honda.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Stephen,
        It's not a surprise. AB is making a sport out of it.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It has nothing to do with being a fan of asian automakers. If you are going to report about recalls then how about reporting them for all automakers instead of just Toyota and Honda. Its a biased practice to single out those companies and not speak of the mistakes Ford, GM, and Chrysler are making.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Which big 3 recalls has Autoblog missed recently? Did you send them a tip?
        • 6 Years Ago
        I beg your pardon, Autoblog seems to sometimes go out of it's way to bring the domestics faults to bear.
        Could it possibly be that the domestics are really getting that much better that fewer and fewer recalls could have something to do with better quality as was promised?
        Or could it just be that while domestics are getting better while reducing quantity while Toyota is getting worse by increasing quantity to make the claim of being the biggest?
        I think the latter.
      • 6 Years Ago
      A recall was issued because one brand of carseat wiggles too much, but will stay firmly locked in place in an accident. And this is in the third row, which shouldnt be holding carseats anyway. Not one incident has been reported. No accidents, no injuries, no reports, NADA. Time for a reality check, please.

      And it is a RECALL because NHTSA told them to issue a recall. If Toyota had discovered this on their own and it was not a safety issue, then it would have been a TSB. There is nothing underhanded about complying with the law.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Ha Ha, they found out they were not worth a crap.......
      • 6 Years Ago
      And the Edge just keeps on going...without recalls. hahahaha
      • 6 Years Ago
      Comments above hit on two separate incidents: one for fuel tanks and the other postings with regard to cruise control fires. Hence why I said what I did above.

      Two entirely different issues.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Geez, get over it. It's not the fox news network. Most auto sites favor Asian/Euro vehicles over domestics which is the case for Autoblog as well. So sto getting your panties all twisted up.

        This is a pretty major recall as it affects (apparently) the sale of new Highlanders from Dealers and affects cars sold within the past year. If there were 'no complaints' issued it means that Toyota has done its job and noticed a problem before a consumer did which is quite a notable achievement.

        Basically.. it's time for you to simmer down.
        • 6 Years Ago
        +1 on that caddy dave. Glad to see theres someone else out there who sees what i see
        • 6 Years Ago
        They skipped the recent Honda recall for windshield wipers (and I even sent them a link)
        • 6 Years Ago
        So when Toyota or any of the other Asian brands have problems and recalls we're all suposed to keep it a secret and let them run business as usual? Shhhh! everyone keep it under your breath. Let's fix it when they come in for an oil change and not tell them how our precious Toyota is not the great savior of the auto world that we've been brainwashing them about for the last thirty some years.
        Thedevil, you're such a putz.
      • 6 Years Ago
      not a big concern if you were smart enough to avoid those hrid of a third row they call seats.
      even toddles will have issues being back there

      hahah - at lesat they calle dit a recall, unlike honda's transmission service bulleting a few days ago

      hahahhah

      toy seems to be rolling down the hill
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm just shocked Toyota's actually calling it a "recall." Usually whenever Toyota issues recalls, they try to give them cutesy soft doublespeak names to save face.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Is this real? I sell Toyota's and we haven't received ANY info we should stop selling Highlanders from Central Atlantic Toyota....
        • 6 Years Ago
        See how they do!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Oh geez, the cruise control recall effects what model years?
        • 6 Years Ago
        The recall discussed in the above posted link (Feb 08) involves 2006-07 Ford vehicles. So don't act like this fire problem is only with older FOMOCO vehicles.

        What is it with Ford and fire....a good percentage of there recalls involves fire or flame-throwers (superduty recall).
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