Toyota recalls 2.9 million vehicles over seatbelt flaw
Feb 18, Tokyo: Toyota Motor Corporation has said that it has conducting a global recall of 2.87 million 4x4 vehicles because their rear seatbelts could be damaged in the event of a crash.
The Corporation in an email on Thursday said that the lap-shoulder seatbelts in the vehicles' second-row seats could come in contact with the metal seat cushion frame in a severe frontal accident.
The statement reads, "There is a possibility that, in the event of a high-speed frontal collision, the seatbelt webbing could contact a portion of the metal seat cushion frame, become cut and separate."
The recall covered its RAV4 4x4 model made between July 2005 and August 2014, and the Vanguard 4X4 produced between October 2005 and January 2016, which are sold only in Japan, the statement said.
The recall includes 1.33 million units in North America, 625,000 in Europe, 434,000 in China and 177,000 in Japan.
In Japan, another 109,000 cars were recalled due to problems linked to a fuel-suction plate causing a potential fire risk. The affected cars were made between October 2006 and October 2014.
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