Recall roundup: Toyota Highlander for airbag ECU software problems image

Toyota has announced a new recall which is affecting the Highlander and Highlander Hybrid models, equipped with the airbag electronic control unit (ECU).

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a total of approximately 50, 000 units of the Toyota Highlander and Highlander Hybrid models 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 airbag ECU fixed. The NHTSA says that in the affected vehicles, the front passenger seatbelt force-limiter might use the restrain setting for small occupants under 110 pounds despite the weight of the actual passenger.

The recall has been issued because the affected units don’t meet the FMVSS (Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard) number 208, Occupant Crash Protection. The recall is affecting the 2014 Toyota Highlander models and it will begin in mid-June. Owners if these vehicles will be contacted by the car manufacturer and the necessary repairs / replacements will be made free of charge. Concerned owners can contact the NHTSA hot safety line at 1-888-327-4236 or Toyota at 1-800-331-4331 for extra details on the recall.