Toyota Motor announced this week a global safety campaign that affected nearly 2.9 million RAV4 SUVs because their seatbelts could be damaged.
The world’s biggest automaker by selling volumes said that the global recall move involved the RAV4 SUV model produced between July 2005 and August 2014 and sold worldwide, and its Vanguard SUV version produced between October 2005 and January 2016 and sold in Japan.
“The affected 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.”
The recall includes 1.3 million vehicles in North America already announced, along with around 625,000 vehicles in Europe, 434,000 vehicles in China, 177,000 in Japan and 307,000 in other regions. The automaker said it would add resin covers to the metal seat cushion frames on all affected cars to prevent any metal pieces from cutting the seatbelt in the event of a crash, after it received two reports in which rear seatbelts separated following crashes.