Toyota FJ Cruiser Has Seat Belt Defect, Toyota still working on Remedy
Toyota announced that there is a Seat belt recall of FJ Cruiser models from 2007 to 2013. Unfortunately for owners of these cars, even with the issue discovered, Toyota is still working on how to actually fix the issue. The problem stems from a design oversight, Toyota mounted the seat belts for the driver on the rear door of the vehicle. The reason they did this was because the FJ Cruiser doesn’t have a B-Pillar, and there was virtually no other place to put the seat belt. It’s an open design and because of this when the rear door is slammed closed it is slowly cracking the anchor of the seat belt. This could eventually cause injury or harm to the driver if and when there was an accident.
Since it isn’t a simple recall fix such as reprogramming the ECU or changing a part that’s defective, Toyota doesn’t have an “easy fix” solution. They are going to have to do some sort of redesign or added reinforcement to the door. Which in turn will cause this problem to sort of drag along, as they look for a solution. Toyota is urging all owners to call, if they feel there might be any issues, at 1-800-331-4331. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.