March 26, 2013

Source: National Highway Transportation Safety Administration's (NHTSA) Office of Defect Investigation (ODI)

Toyota has issued a recall of approximately 209,000 FJ Cruiser passenger vehicles due to a manufacturing defect that can compromise the seat belt retractor. The retractors for the front driver and passenger seat belts are mounted in the access door (rear door) panels of the vehicle. Due to insufficient strength of the access door panel, cracks may develop in certain 2007-2013 vehicles if the access door is repeatedly and forcefully closed over an extended period of time. If cracks occur in the panel around the lower retractor anchor, the seat belt retractor could become detached, and the seatbelt may fail to protect occupants in the event of a crash.

A remedy for this has not been developed yet. Owners may contact Toyota directly at 1-800-331-4331 for more information. Additional details can also be found by referencing NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 13V098000.

Owners are encouraged to contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153) or go to www.safercar.gov with any questions or concerns surrounding these or any other recalls or safety campaigns.