Around 2.9 Million Vehicles To be Recalled by Toyota over Seatbelt Issue

Toyota has decided to recall its 3 million vehicles over the seatbelt issue. According to the Japanese carmaker, the said vehicles have been found with improper functioning of the rear seatbelts. The issue took a serious move when a passenger dies in a road accident just because of the malfunctioning of the rear seat belts. So, In order to prevent future mishappenings, Toyota is taking a severe measure to ensure maximum safety to the passengers. However, Recalls have been made around the world but India has been kept out of it. No Indian cars have been found with such issue.

The recalled cars are RAV4 and the Vanguard. Vanguard is sold globally, while the RAV4 is available in Toyota’s home market i.e Japan. The reports reveal that the RAV4 model years in between July 2005 - August 2014 and October 2005 - January 2016 and Vanguard manufactured between October 2005 and January 2016, are set to be recalled. Over 1.3 million vehicles are from North America, 625,000 vehicles in Europe, 434,000 vehicles in China and 177,000 in Japan.

The automaker stated that the problem was detected in the RAV4’s design of metal seat-cushion frame. In a severe frontal collision, the frames could move through the belts, leaving passengers unrestrained. The carmaker has told the dealers to fix the problem as early as possible. The estimated time to fix the problem will hardly take an hour each.

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