Toyota has announced a small recall of its redesigned, 2014 Highlander over issues with one of its seat belts. The affected vehicles, which were built from November 20, 2013 to January 18, 2014, could have a seatbelt assembly in the middle seat of the third row that wasn't properly secured to a floor anchorage at the factory.

In total, 7,067 of the new Highlanders are included in the recall, which was discovered not after a crash, but during a post-build inspection at the factory. It's unclear if there have been any injuries as a result of the faulty seat belts.

Toyota is set to inform owners of the affected vehicles as well as dealers with the recalled Highlander models in their inventory. Naturally, repairs will be performed free of charge. For the full bulletin form the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, scroll down.
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Manufacturer: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing

SUMMARY:
Toyota is recalling certain model year 2014 Highlander vehicles manufactured November 20, 2013, through January 18, 2014. The third row middle seat belt assembly might not have been properly secured to the vehicle floor anchorage during vehicle assembly. As such, these vehicles fail to conform to the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 210, "Seat Belt Assembly Anchorages."

CONSEQUENCE:
A seat belt that is not properly secured to its anchorage could increase the risk of injury to an occupant in the event of a crash.

REMEDY:
Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the third row middle seat belt anchor, and, if necessary, properly secure it to the vehicle floor anchorage, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in March 2014. Owners may contact Toyota at 1-800-331-4331.

NOTES:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.


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      normc32
      • 9 Months Ago
      Another Toyota recall? Can't blame the supplier on this one!
      • 9 Months Ago
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        RM
        • 9 Months Ago
        You apparently cannot read. Read any review of the 14 highlander. The interior uses soft materials and gets great reviews.
          • 9 Months Ago
          @RM
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          RM
          • 9 Months Ago
          @RM
          Dumbknight anything you disagree with you speak down about. We get it you love your domestic cars. Good for you I like them too. But I also like Toyota Nissan Mazda and Subaru. Anyway I guess we forgot that you are god almighty professional car reviewer because every major auto publication disagrees with you. The highlander has won praises for the new interior. http://usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/cars-trucks/Toyota_Highlander/Interior/ http://www.autoblog.com/2013/12/17/2014-toyota-highlander-review-first-drive/ http://www.cars.com/toyota/highlander/2014/expert-reviews http://www.caranddriver.com/reviews/2014-toyota-highlander-first-drive-review
          • 9 Months Ago
          @RM
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          RM
          • 9 Months Ago
          @RM
          Goose You're right because domestic fanboys and/or trolls are much more qualified than major auto publications. If it were merely one man's opinion I could a valid argument. However, I posted several links where many opinions seems to favor the highlander. There are plenty more links to post. I would say that is more factual than the opinion of an amateur ab commentator such as doucheknight.
          maverick_02
          • 9 Months Ago
          @RM
          You apparently take the opinions posted on the Internet as gold. The Internet does not lie of course.
          RM
          • 9 Months Ago
          @RM
          Yea ok troll. All of those publications have been very critical of toyota to include autoblog. The frs has good handling characteristics but lacks power. Open you're eyes troll. I'll give it to you. Toyota's interiors have taken a step back but the avalon and highlander stepped up their game. I loved my 07 4runner but the interior of the 2010 is not nearly as nice.
          RM
          • 9 Months Ago
          @RM
          Great come back! You suck. Deal with it.
      kontroll
      • 9 Months Ago
      seatbelt, shmeetbelt Toyota drivers are so brave, they still buy this krap and play Russian roulette with their own lives either by SUA, sudden breaking problem, no breaking problem who cares about seatbelts...that's the least of their problems...go for it tayata morons, be evil canivel
        normc32
        • 9 Months Ago
        @kontroll
        And they are still recalling them. http://www.safetyresearch.net/2013/11/07/toyota-unintended-acceleration-and-the-big-bowl-of-spaghetti-code/
      btulliani
      • 9 Months Ago
      Made in China parts come back to haunt automobile manufactures again and again..........
      Walt
      • 9 Months Ago
      Anchors aweigh, good for ships I guess, not so much Toyotas.
      mapoftazifosho
      • 9 Months Ago
      So, lineworker Joe/Josephine didn't properly secure these?
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