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Toyota Recalls 1+ Million RAV4 SUVs Over Seatbelt Issue

Toyota Recalls 1+ Million RAV4 SUVs Over Seatbelt Issue

The Basics: Toyota is recalling 1,124,000 RAV4 SUVs due to a seatbelt problem. It impacts 2006-2012 RAV4 and 2012-2014 RAV4 EV models.

The Problem: The automaker says the issue is that the lap-shoulder seatbelts in both second-row outboard seats could fail in the event of a crash. Toyota says in the event of a very severe frontal crash, the lap belt webbing could contact a portion of the metal seat cushion frame, become cut, and separate.  Obviously, if the seatbelt gets cut, it may not properly restrain the occupant, which could increase the risk of injury.

The Fix: Owners of the involved vehicles will receive notification by first class mail.  Toyota dealers will add resin covers to the metal seat cushion frame at no cost.

TOYOTA PRESS RELEASE

TORRANCE, Calif., Feb. 17, 2016 – Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc. today announced that it is conducting a safety recall of approximately 1,124,000 Model Year 2006-2012 RAV4 and Model Year 2012-2014 RAV4 EV vehicles.

The involved vehicles are equipped with lap-shoulder seatbelts in both second-row outboard seats.  There is a possibility that, in the event of a very severe frontal crash, the lap belt webbing could contact a portion of the metal seat cushion frame, become cut, and separate.  If this occurs, the seat belt may not properly restrain the occupant, which could increase the risk of injury.

Owners of the involved vehicles will receive notification by first class mail.  Toyota dealers will add resin covers to the metal seat cushion frame at no cost.

Information about automotive recalls, including but not limited to the list of involved vehicles, is subject to change over time.  For the most up-to-date Safety Recall information on Lexus, Toyota and Scion customers should check their vehicle’s status by visiting http://www.toyota.com/recall and entering the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN).  Safety Recall inquiry by individual VIN is also available at the NHTSA site:safercar.gov/vin.  For any additional questions, customer support is also available by calling Toyota Customer Service at 1-800-331-4331 or Lexus Customer Service at 1-800-255-3987.

Photo Credit: Toyota