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Recall Roundup: Toyota Recalls Highlander SUV over Third-Row Seat Belt Concerns

By: Jeff Youngs, 3/12/2014
Toyota is recalling certain 2014 Highlander vehicles for possible correction of a third-row seat belt. A small number of minivans by various manufactures that have been modified to accommodate wheelchair-bound passengers have also been recalled.

2014 Toyota Highlander
Toyota is recalling 7,067 model-year 2014 Highlander vehicles manufactured November 20, 2013, through January 18, 2014. The third-row middle seat belt assembly might not have been properly secured to the vehicle floor anchorage during assembly. A seat belt not properly secured to its anchorage could increase the risk of injury to an occupant in the event of a crash.

Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the third-row middle seat belt anchor and, if necessary, properly secure it to the vehicle floor anchorage, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in March 2014. Owners may contact Toyota at 1-800-331-4331 and refer to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recall campaign ID number 14V051000.

Freedom Motors: Volkswagen, Dodge, Chrysler
Freedom Motors is recalling a total of 130 vehicles, including one model-year 2009 Volkswagen Routan and certain model year 2008-2010 Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town & Country wheelchair-accessible vehicles modified by The Liberty Motor Company from February 2008 through January 2011. Over time and with use, the vehicle's rear axle may develop cracks which could lead to axle failure.

Freedom Motors will notify owners and dealers will replace the affected axles, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in March 2014. Owners can contact Freedom Motors at 1-800-561-9600. Freedom Motors' number for this recall is ENGF0216-3; owners may also reference NHTSA recall campaign ID number 14V055000.

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