Seatbelts are a simple yet effective way to protect you in a crash. But in the 2014 Highlander the middle seat belt of the third row might fail when you need it most, prompting a recall. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says that particular seat belt might not have been secured properly. If the belt isn’t secured properly it’s pretty obvious you won’t be either.
Toyota says the affected vehicles were manufactured November 20, 2013, through January 18, 2014. In total they’re recalling 7,000 vehicles.
You’ll need to make a trip to your Toyota dealer so they can make sure the seat belt anchor is secured to the Highlander. Toyota didn’t say how long that might take. Expect a recall letter this month or call Toyota at 800-331-4331 if you have any questions.