Nearly 2.9 million Toyota vehicles will be recalled after the automaker found out that the rear seat belts can be severed during a crash.
The seatbelts themselves aren’t at fault, but rather the metal seat cushion frame which can cut through the belt in an event of a crash. So far, the company has stated that RAV4 models produced from July 2005 to August 2014 are affected by the faulty component.
The Japan-only Vanguard SUV is also a part of the recall, with models produced between October 2005 and January 2016 need to be mended.
For the US market, the company has already announced that 1.124 million models of the 2006-2012 RAV4 and 2012-2014 RAV4 EV will be recalled. Vehicles affected in other markets like Europe, China and Japan amount to 625,000, 434,000 and 177,000 accordingly. In other markets still , there are 307,000 units that need the necessary fix.
As a way to fix the problem, Toyota stated they will be adding resin covers to the metal seat cushion frames on all vehicles to prevent any pieces of metal severing the seatbelt. So far, the company has received two reports wherein the rear seatbelts failed to fully restrain the passenger.
There is no word yet if RAV4 models sold in the Philippines are also affected by the global recall.