The recall is worldwide due to a problem with the rear seat belts which resulted in an injury in Canada.
Toyota Motor Corp. has announced they will be recalling about 2.87 million sport utility vehicles. The recall will affect Toyota vehicles on a worldwide basis.
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The recall is due to a defect in the rear seat belts. It was recently found that the seat belt separated in one fatal accident in Canada. The seat belt also separated during a crash in US that injured a passenger.
Toyota will recall its RAV4, RAV4 EV and Vanguard SUV models. According to Toyota, the rear seat belt could be cut by metal seat-cushion frames in severe front crashes. The defect could fail to restrain passengers and cause them harm.
The RAV4 model is becoming Toyota’s most significant in the US market. So the seat belt defect could damage the image of the model.
It is believed the RAV4 may even surpass Camry, the industry’s top-selling car in the US. The RAV4 is expected to become Toyota’s biggest seller within the next five years. So the seat belt issue poses a big problem to the potential sales.
The recall is also part of Toyota’s biggest ever repair campaigns. The campaign involves all of Toyota’s safety devices. Since Toyota is among 14 manufacturers recalling 24 million vehicles to replace Takata inflators. Some old versions of the RAV4 models also are included in the Takata air bag recall.
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The current seat belt recall is due to Toyota’s vehicle design and not its suppliers. The recall includes dealers installing resin covers for rear metal seat frames at no cost to customers. The recall will cover 1.33 million vehicles in North America, 625,000 in Europe and 434,000 in China.