Toyota recalls more than 1 million RAV4s to fix seat belts

LOS ANGELES — Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. said it is recalling more than a million RAV4 SUVs to fix a potential issue with the seat belts.

The recall affects about 1.12 million RAV4 vehicles from the 2006-12 model years and RAV4 EV vehicles from the 2012-14 model years, Toyota said in a statement Wednesday.

In the affected vehicles, the lap-shoulder seat belts in the right and left second-row seats could get cut by the metal seat cushion frame in a severe front crash, Toyota said. Should this happen, it could sever the belt entirely and then fail to hold the occupant in place, increasing the risk of injury.

There was no immediate disclosure about any accidents or injuries related to the potential defect.

Toyota will notify owners of affected vehicle by mail. Toyota dealers will cover the metal seat frame with resin to prevent the issue at no cost to the consumer, the automaker said.

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