The Japanese based automaker Toyota has recently announced a recall for the FJ Cruiser, because of a problem with the seatbelt retractors which may crack over time.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a total of 209, 000 units of the Toyota FJ Cruiser will be affected by this recall and their owners will have to take a trip back to the dealers in order to get the problem with the seatbelt retractors fixed. The NHTSA says that there is an insufficient strength in the rear door panel which can cause the seatbelt retractors for the front passenger and for the driver to crack over time if the doors are repeatedly slammed shut.
Cracks may appear in the panel around the lower seatbelt retractor anchor and this might lead to the entire retractor becoming detached. Toyota says that no reports of injuries or accidents have been related to this issue. The company’s dealers have been informed and will start replacing the seatbelt retractors free of charge, once owners will receive notification letters and schedule an appointment. The affected Toyota FJ Cruisers are from the 2007 to 2013 model years. If you one of these vehicles, you should contact the NHTSA or Toyota.