Toyota Conducts Global Recall of 2.87 Million Vehicles Over Seatbelt Issue

Toyota is recalling around 2.87 million vehicles globally due to a seatbelt issue, the Japanese carmaker announced on Thursday. It said that their seatbelts could be damaged by a metal seat frame part in the event of a crash.

In an email, the world’s biggest-selling carmaker said that the global recall involved its RAV4 SUV model produced between August 2014 and July 2005 sold worldwide, and its Vanguard SUV model produced between October 2005 and January 2016 and sold in Japan.

The recall includes 1.3 million vehicles in North America which was announced earlier by Toyota’s US unit, along with around 625,000 vehicles in Europe, 434,000 vehicles in China, 177,000 in Japan, and 307,000 in other regions.

The carmaker said it would add resin covers to the metal seat cushion frames on all affected vehicles to prevent any metal pieces from cutting the seatbelt in the event of a crash, after it had received 2 reports in which rear seatbelts separated following crashes.

Toyota said it could not determine whether these incidents were linked to any injuries or fatalities.

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