Toyota is recalling 90,189 Highlander and Highlander hybrids equipped with a third row passenger seat because the seat belts in the third row do not properly secure a child restraint system.
The seat belt webbing in the third row is not adequately secured by the automatic locking retractor allowing the seat belt webbing to spool out during normal driving, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
The loose belt could affect the stability of a child restraint, NHTSA reported. In the event of a crash, the child many not be adequately protected possibly resulting in an injury, the agency warned.
Toyota dealers will install a newly-designed seat belt free of charge when the recall gets underway.
2008 Highlander and Highlander hybrid owners can contact Toyota at 1-800-331-4331 or NHTSA at 1-800-327-4236.