Toyota has announced a major recall involving no less than 2.87 million vehicles that have a problem with the rear seat belts.
Toyota mentions there’s a risk the rear seat belts can be separated because of the metal seat-cushion frames. As a result, all of the cars affected by the recall are going to receive resin covers on those metal seat cushion frames as a method to prevent the metal pieces from cutting the seat belt in the event of a severe crash.
In total, Toyota will recall 2.87 million vehicles from all over the world, with 1.3 million from North America, 625,000 units from Europe, 434,000 cars from China, 177,000 from Japan, and 307,000 vehicles from other areas.
The recall involves the RAV4 manufactured between July 2005 and August 2014 along with the Vanguard made from October 2005 until January 2016 and sold at home in Japan. For those unfamiliar with the Vanguard, it’s basically a stretched RAV4 with a slightly different design and sold on the Japanese market.
As it’s the case with all types of recalls, the necessary changes will come at no cost for the owner of the vehicle affected by the recall. Keep in mind that some of the older RAV4 units are also affected by the Takata airbag recall which involves an estimated 24 million vehicles.