Toyota recalls 209,000 FJ Cruisers over premature seatbelt anchor wear

Toyota has officially announced a recall for 209,000 FJ Cruiser SUVs for faulty driver and passenger front seat belts, which are mounted on the rear suicide doors.

The Japanese auto giant found that the seatbelt retractors are insufficiently mounted and that cracks could develop over time as the rear door sees use. That said, the seatbelt anchor could come loose and worse, complete detached.

No incidents have been reported, however owners of affected vehicles will receive a notification by mail in the near future. Toyota dealers will repair the issue free of charge.

For full details, check out the press release after the jump.

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.

– By: Chris Chin


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