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Recall: 209,000 Toyota FJs for detaching seatbelts

Seatbelts can come loose from the doors on the 2007-2013 FJ Cruiser.

By Exhaust Notes Mar 15, 2013 8:56AM
Toyota is recalling 209,000 FJ Cruiser SUVs for seatbelts that can detach from the vehicle, the company said Thursday afternoon.

Seatbelt mechanisms for the front passengers can break off the mounts if the rear door panel, which houses the lower belt anchor, cracks. The belts are integrated into the half-size rear doors, which are hinged at the rear and swing out in the opposite direction. Models from 2007 to 2013 are affected.

If the rear doors are "repeatedly and forcefully closed," cracks can develop over time in the door panels and cause the retractor to come loose, Toyota said. No injuries have been reported.

In October, Toyota said a dealer reported a detached seat belt retractor on a 2007 FJ Cruiser. Soon afterward, Toyota looked at 19 owner vehicles and found the door panel cracked on a vehicle with about 87,000 miles, according to a filing with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Toyota said it was "currently developing a remedy" and did not specify a date for when the recall would begin. Owners can visit or call Toyota at 1-800-331-4331.

[Source: Toyota]

UPDATE, 5:12 p.m. EST: This story has been updated to include the official recall report from NHTSA.

Mar 15, 2013 10:06AM

It seems as though we are back to a period of defects in automobiles. Maybe all the bean counters have simply gone too far. There is hardly a auto maker out there that does not have some models with some sort of problems. Trouble is none of them make a clear case for bad workmanship, cheap parts, or lousy engineering. But all of those are included. Maybe technology is to blame more then anything.

Older cars of the 70's and 80's had panels that did not align, cheesy paint jobs and poor MPG engines.

Today however we have brakes that apply for no reason, cars that accelerate for no reason, and engines that may get great MPG but it will take a genius to fix one if it goes wrong. I can only guess the problems these high tech vehicles have when they get about 10 years on them. If they make it that long?

Mar 15, 2013 11:19AM
Consumer's Report will now make this the top vehicle in its class!
Mar 15, 2013 11:48AM
Can't wait for the next reviews from Consumer Reports and how great the Toyota cars and SUV are so great.

Mar 15, 2013 11:45AM
I worked for a Toyota company in the USA ....they push push for numbers but don't have the people needed for the quality of the profit takes the prize not quality......
Mar 15, 2013 11:45AM
Keep it up with recalls Toyota. We love it.   Signed Chrysler,GM and Ford.
Mar 15, 2013 11:49AM

Not to worry, Consumer Reports will judge it the best SUV in it's class or any class.......

Mar 15, 2013 10:27AM
I had a 1970 which I tired of-no problem with it-replaced with a 1975-drove for over 10 years and 100k miles-my father made me buy a new car-a 1986. After I stopped driving the 1975, my brother's kids drove it for a few years longer. The '86 had over 80k miles when I replaced it with a 1993-that had a few thousand miles on it (dealer's car) I drove the '93 until 2005-also had over 100k on it. My current car is a 2004, with over 90k on it-it has had more problems than the others combined, mainly because of all the computerized parts. Here's the deal-all of these long-lived cars were BUICKS. I read a report recently that Buick has better reliability than Nissan and Honda. However, I noted that Consumer Reports, although rating a certain Buick model as average or above in all categories, still showed its reliability as worse than average. A co-worker once told me I was lucky that I wasn't having that much trouble with my Buicks; he had a Honda that was in the show much more than my car. I looked up a report, and my car had a couple of paragraphs of recalls, mostly about brakes-but his Honda had a page and a half of recalls.
Mar 15, 2013 11:00AM
another week... another Toyota recall.
Mar 15, 2013 10:46AM
Been out 8 years and they still haven't found all that's wrong with Toy crap.
Mar 15, 2013 10:58AM

Toyota has had more cars recalled because of poor engineering then all other car makes combined ,makes me wonder if any of their cars are girlfriend has one ,we always take my car when ever we go anywhere.

Mar 15, 2013 11:45AM
some of toyota parts are made in china
Mar 15, 2013 11:51AM
Mar 15, 2013 11:54AM
what a country we live in! the 'experts' tell us that japanese cars are all the rage and we should buy them even though they have as many problems as any other make. then we have 'americans' who would rather buy one than have a american car because it may have been made by a guy who's in a union. please don't complain about lazy people getting unemployment & food stamps and what an a-hole your least favorite politician is. 
it's us - we're the one's buying the 'saw it got good ratings'  b.s. let me tell you, every car maker makes a clunker and underneath all the m****duced cars are pretty much the same. have some pride, bring back manufacturing to the usa.
Mar 15, 2013 11:07AM
So many recalls... I have a Toyota. Not this model.
Mar 15, 2013 12:10PM
the problems will continue with every car brand when they are more concerned about how many cars and trucks they can sell. quality is not job no. 1.
Mar 16, 2013 3:39AM
I totally hated my Camry.   A total piece of crapola.    The worst service and warranty ever!   However, some people buy into all the Consumer Reports garbage.    I know a lady that buys into all of that.    The more Toyota recalls and pays fines,  the more she defends Toyota.   I think she was probably dropped as a child...
Mar 16, 2013 6:41AM

Just a little more time and Toyota will have the dubious distinction of having recalled the most vehicles ever.

"Toyota said it was "currently developing a remedy" and did not specify a date for when the recall would begin."

Translation:  "We have no idea how we are going to fix this".

Why does anyone even bother buying a Toyota anymore? This is what happens when you buy the parts from some sweat shop in china.
Mar 15, 2013 3:34PM
No so will just fly out of the car in a crash LOL
Mar 15, 2013 12:29PM
TOYOTA.....pulled the biggest SCAM ever on people that bought their vehicles by telling them how great their vehicles are.  Shame on Toyota and to bad for the idiots that listened to them. 
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