2014 Toyota Highlander Recalled for Seat Problem
- Toyota is recalling 231 2014 Toyota Highlander crossovers in the U.S. because the second-row right-hand seat could come out of the track.
- This could increase the risk of injury to the seat occupant in the event of a crash, NHTSA said.
- The recall is expected to begin sometime in June.
WASHINGTON — Toyota is recalling 231 2014 Toyota Highlander crossovers in the U.S. because the second-row right-hand seat could come out of the track, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
"The affected vehicles may not have been manufactured properly, causing the seat not to fully lock into the inboard seat track in the forward first, second and third adjusting positions," said NHTSA in its summary of the problem. "If the seat does not fully lock into the inboard seat track, this could increase the risk of the seat coming out of the track and injuring the occupant in the event of a crash."
No other Toyota or Lexus vehicles use the same seat-track assembly as the affected Highlanders, Toyota told federal safety regulators. Toyota said the problem was discovered during "routine manufacturing inspection."
"No crashes, injuries, or fatalities with the Highlander recall," wrote Cindy Knight, a Toyota spokeswoman, in response to a query from Edmunds on Monday.
The affected vehicles were built from April 23, 2014 through April 29, 2014.
Toyota dealers will inspect and, if necessary, replace the second-row right-hand seat. The recall is expected to begin sometime in June. Owners can contact Toyota at 1-800-331-4331.
Edmunds says: This recall should begin shortly, but if you are noticing a problem with your 2014 Highlander now, get it into your dealership immediately.