Toyota recalls SUVs with defective roof accessories
Gulf States Toyota, the second-largest distributor of Toyota vehicles worldwide, has recalled more than 1,100 sport utility vehicles possibly equipped with defective roof rail accessories, according to documentation filed with the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. The campaign affects 2017 Toyota Highlander and Highlander Hybrid models with production dates ranging from Nov. 16, 2016 to July 19, 2017. The car company suspects 100 percent of the vehicles referenced in the recall contain the defective part.
The models named in the recall are equipped with roof rail cross bars with fasteners that were not tightened properly during the installation process, which took place at GST headquarters. Consequently, the fasteners could become loose during operation, possibly leading to complete cross-bar detachment. This poses a serious safety risk to owners. However, the GST has yet to receive reports detailing instances of detachment or linking the defective accessory to accidents or injuries…