- Toyota is recalling 50,000 2014 Toyota Highlander and Highlander Hybrid crossovers in the U.S. for improper seatbelt-restraint software.
- Toyota has ordered its dealers to stop selling the vehicles until the repair is made.
- The recall is expected to begin in mid-June.
WASHINGTON — Toyota is recalling 50,000 2014 Toyota Highlander and Highlander Hybrid crossovers in the U.S. for improper seatbelt-restraint software, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Toyota has ordered its dealers to stop selling the vehicles until the repair is made.
"The affected vehicles may have improper software installed in the airbag electronic control unit for the operation of the front-passenger seatbelt force limiter, and as a result, the force limiter may use the restraint setting designed for small occupants, such as those that weigh approximately 110 pounds, for all occupants regardless of their size," said NHTSA in its summary of the problem. "In the event of a crash, a larger front passenger seat occupant may not be properly restrained and be at an increased risk of injury."
"We've had no reports of crashes, injuries or fatalities," wrote Cindy Knight, a Toyota spokeswoman, in response to an Edmunds query on Wednesday.
Toyota told federal safety regulators that no other Toyota, Lexus or Scion vehicles are involved in the recall.
It also noted: "There are no warnings that this condition exists."
The problem was discovered during internal confirmation testing.
Toyota dealers will install a software update in the airbag electronic control unit. The recall is expected to begin in mid-June. Owners can contact Toyota at 1-800-331-4331.
Edmunds says: No service parts are required for this recall and Toyota told its dealers that it has completed the remedy preparation. Owners of the affected vehicles can expect to receive a recall notice shortly and should contact their dealer at that point.