This is just a quick note to say that the 2014 Toyota Highlander has already seen it’s first safety recall. This recall, which focuses on the security of the 3rd row center seat belt, affects a little over 7,000 vehicles.
Here’s the scoop from Toyota:
During manufacture of certain 2014 model year Highlander vehicles, the 3rd row center seat belt may not have been secured to its floor anchor. An unsecured seat belt does not meet the requirements of FMVSS 210 “Seat Belt Assembly Anchorages,” and could increase the risk of injury to occupants in the event of a crash.
The vehicles in question had manufacture dates between November 20, 2013 and January 18, 2014. If your vehicle is affected, Toyota should notify you by mail. Or you can check for yourself at Toyota.com/recall.
If you’re buying an affected car off the lot, the dealer should see (and resolve) the recall before you drive it away. But I’d recommend running the VIN at the Toyota recall site just in case.
The repair itself (or maybe just an inspection) should be quick. Toyota estimates 30 minutes, though it’s probably little more than a quick look and then turning a couple of bolts to tighten things up.
When we bought our Highlander, the recall had just been announced. Few had heard about it, but our VIN was included in the recall. Thus, I sent a copy of the recall notice to the salesman so he could be sure that it had been checked and fixed (if necessary) before we picked it up.