At the end of last month, Mercedes-Benz announced a recall on select 2013 GL models, including the GL350 BlueTEC, GL450 4MATIC, GL550 4MATIC, and GL63 AMG. The vehicles affected have a manufacturing date between May 15, 2012 and October 4, 2012. Toyota also announced a recall late last month on the FJ Cruiser with a model year between 2007 and 2013, manufactured between January 25, 2006 and February 23, 2013.
The reason for the Mercedes-Benz recall is that the second row seat belt anchor fitting bolts may not have been properly torqued. If these bolts are not torqued properly, the seat belt anchors bolts can loosen even more. In the event of an accident, it is possible that the passenger may not be fully restrained, increasing the possibility of injury.
Starting this month, Mercedes-Benz will start to notify owners of the selected vehicles. Dealers will check all bolts and tighten then as necessary at no cost to the owner. The automaker is available for contact by phone at (800) 367-6372. Owners can also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at (888) 327-4236 or online at www.safercar.gov.
Toyota’s recall involves vehicles equipped with a Toyota Auxiliary Driving Lamp Kit mounted to the front bumper. Due to the 55 watt bulbs and the mounting angle, the light displayed by the vehicle is too bright and in violation of the maximum light output allowed for upper beam headlamps, according to Federal motor Vehicles Safety Standard 108.
If left unresolved, the light given off the vehicle can increase the glare for oncoming traffic, furthering the possibility of an accident. The automaker will begin notifying owners, with dealers replacing the 55 watt bulbs with 35 watt bulbs at no cost to the owner. Owners can contact Toyota by phone at (800) 331-4331. The NHTSA Vehicle Safety Hotline can also be reached in regards to both recalls with the information above.