Toyota Recall 2013: Toyota recalls 310,000 2007-2013 FJ Cruiser vehicles worldwide over seatbelt problemBy Angel Cuala on Mar 16, 2013 in Australia, Automobile, North America, United States, World •
Toyota announced a voluntary recall this Friday, March 15, 2013, affecting around 310,000 (2007-2013) FJ Cruiser vehicles in various parts in the world, due to potential problem regarding their seatbelts. This is the second Toyota recall this year, following the recall of 1.3 million cars last January to fix the airbags.
2013 Toyota FJ Cruiser
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According to the announcement by Toyota on its official press site that day, Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. (TMS) is recalling 209,000 FJ Cruiser vehicles in the US. NBC News reported that 52,000 are being recalled in the Middle East; and the others in Canada, Australia, China, Latin America, and Oceania.
As noted by Toyota, the rear door panel of the recalled vehicles may have insufficient strength, wherein the seatbelt retractors for the driver and front passenger seat belts are mounted. The Japanese car company noted that cracks may later be developed due to frequent slamming of the rear door.
Once the rear door panel around the lower seatbelt retractor anchor will produce cracks, the seatbelt retractor may become detached, and increasing the risk of injuries if the seatbelts fail to function properly. As of this writing, Toyota stressed out that no accidents or injuries have been reported related to the issue.
With this, Toyota said that affected FJ Cruiser owners will be informed in the near future via first class mail, and authorized dealers will be fixing the problem for free. For more information about this latest Toyota recall, visit www.toyota.com/recall or call Toyota Customer Experience Center at 1-800-331-4331.
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