Toyota Recalls 2014 Highlander for Faulty Airbag Controller
Although it has only been out on the market for a short period of time, the 2014 Toyota Highlander is now under recall. At the tail end of last month, Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing announced that nearly 50,000 vehicles may have faulty airbag controllers. The software installed in the airbag electronic control unit for the front passenger seat belt force limiter may be faulty, causing the force limiter to use the restraint setting designed for smaller passengers, regardless of their size. Because of this, the 2014 Toyota Highlander and Highlander Hybrid models fail to conform to Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 208, "Occupant Crash Protection." In the affected vehicles, if an accident were to occur, a larger person in the front passenger seat may not be restrained properly, which would increase the likelihood of injury. To fix the problem, Toyota will contact the respective owners and install a software update at no cost. While the recall isn't expected to begin until later this month, owners can contact Toyota by phone at (800) 331-4331, or the National Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline by phone at (888) 327-4236 or online at www.safercar.gov. Source: NHTSA
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