Toyota has announced that it will be issuing a substantial recall of the FJ Cruiser for a problem that could cause the front seatbelt retractors to separate from the vehicle body. This recall will apply to all FJ Cruisers – from 2007 through 2013 – totaling around 209,000 units.

The problem stems from the FJ Cruiser's pillarless door opening design that has the front-occupant seatbelts attached to the rear doors. Toyota says that when the rear doors are "repeatedly and forcefully closed," the retractor could completely separate from the door frame.

While there is no information about this recall from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration yet, Toyota says that there have been no accidents or injuries associated with this issue. No specific fix or recall date are given, but the official press release is posted below.
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Toyota Announces Voluntary Safety Recall of Certain 2007 through 2013 Model Year FJ Cruiser Vehicles

TORRANCE, Calif., March 15, 2013 – Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. (TMS), will conduct a safety recall involving approximately 209,000 FJ Cruiser vehicles.

The seatbelt retractors for the driver and front passenger seat belts are mounted in the rear doors (access doors) of the vehicle. Due to insufficient strength of the rear door panel, cracks may develop over an extended period of time if the rear door is repeatedly and forcefully closed. If cracks occur in the panel around the lower seatbelt retractor anchor, the seatbelt retractor may become detached.

No accidents or injuries have been reported for this condition.

Owners of vehicles covered by this safety recalls will receive an owner notification letter via first class mail starting in the near future. Any authorized Toyota dealer will perform this recall at no charge to the vehicle owner.

Detailed information is available to customers at www.toyota.com/recall and the Toyota Customer Experience Center at 1-800-331-4331.


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      Tony
      • 1 Year Ago
      My main issue with these things, is that you have a decent-sized SUV with only 2 windows that actually open up.
        Tony
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Tony
        I realize the back window can pop open, but a roll down rear window or at least an optional sunroof would have been nice for outdoor cruising
        bootsnchaps60
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Tony
        Toyota's contribution to the retro craze in the days when anything with the name Toyota on it sold like crazy. Their hot selling Aztek.
      akitadog
      • 1 Year Ago
      As big as these things are on the outside, they are unbelievably cramped on the inside, and sliding into the rear seats is an exercise in contorting one's body. This is perhaps the most useless SUV in Toyota's lineup, as far as how they are actually used.
      richard
      • 1 Year Ago
      When you toyoyo owners take them in to get the seatbelts fixed, remember to have them check the electronic throttle control.
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        Tom
        • 1 Year Ago
        Wow I actually share your sarcasim. Something we can agree on
      Al Terego
      • 1 Year Ago
      I almost bought one of these... and then common sense kicked in. Thank the auto gods.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Al Terego
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      bluberrypie.layla
      • 1 Year Ago
      its hideous.....i hope anyone owning one gets injured bec of this recall...thats what youd get for buying a retarded vehicle
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        • 1 Year Ago
        @bluberrypie.layla
        Hoping anyone gets injured is rather stupid.
        Get a life
        • 1 Year Ago
        @bluberrypie.layla
        I bet you\'re mother didn\'t feel the same about giving birth to a retard.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @bluberrypie.layla
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      Tom
      • 1 Year Ago
      BAM in your face import snobs. Another import recall. But I'm sure people will still say American cars suck and imporys are better.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Tom
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          elendil3136
          • 1 Year Ago
          What Toyota and Honda do is issue quiet recalls without informing the NHSTA, which is a violation of the law. They have been fined more than once for this. Don't go giving them credit for something that they are not legally supposed to be doing.
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        • 1 Year Ago
        @Tom
        People who make comments like yours are worse than fanboys, domestic or import.
      mikoprivat
      • 1 Year Ago
      I don't see how anyone nowadays can afford buying asian cars... their inferior quality makes them too expensive to own. People are too dumb to realize that asian junk is waaaaaay superseded already by the Europeans and Americans. These very serious recalls keep on coming from the asians and CR should be sued for misleading the consumer. I have the feeling that you Americans will wake up and start punishing institutions like CR (just like you did with Standard and Poor) for misleading the masses...until then the dumb get dumber by buying more and more asian junk
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mikoprivat
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        ccdae5
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mikoprivat
        YUp Ford and GM quality passed Japanese quality several years ago. American media will never acknowledge it and most car buyers are too stupid to figure it out.
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          @ccdae5
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      fredyacht1
      • 1 Year Ago
      Quality... my butt
        Renaurd
        • 1 Year Ago
        @fredyacht1
        You better watch out, Consumer Reports will get you.
      elendil3136
      • 1 Year Ago
      In the last four years, Toyota has had more recalls for dangerous defects than GM, Ford, and Chrysler put together. Consumer's Reports magazine has yet to acknowledge this.
      caddy-v
      • 1 Year Ago
      Did they ever do a recall on the separating firewall panels? No!
      glalli2
      • 1 Year Ago
      how many more recalls does toyota have to have before americans say enough, and go back to buying american car, and when i say american cars i mean ford , gm and chyrsler and not a car made here and the profits sent back to japan korea germany italy or some other country.
        jtav2002
        • 1 Year Ago
        @glalli2
        Common misconception that profits all go back to Japan, especially regarding a vehicle made here using majority US sourced parts.
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