Toyota Recalling 2.9 Million Cars Over Seat Belt Issue

Feb 18, 2016 11:29 AM EST | John Nassivera

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Toyota said Thursday that it is recalling nearly 2.9 million vehicles in order to fix seat belts that present a safety issue for owners.

The problem centers around the possibility that the belts in both second-row window seats could come in contact with and be damaged by a metal seat cushion frame in the event of a frontal crash, which result in the belts being cut and not restraining passengers, according to USA Today.

The recall affects vehicles around the globe, with models including RAV4 SUVs made between July 2005 and August 2014 and sold worldwide as well as Vanguard SUVs made between October 2005 and January 2016 and sold in Japan, Reuters reported. RAV4 EVs made between 2012 and 2014 are also covered.

The total number of covered vehicles includes 1.3 million in North America, 625,000 in Europe, 434,000 in China, 177,000 in Japan and 307,000 in other areas.

Toyota said that it received two reports of rear seat belts being separated after crashes, but they cannot determine at this time if these incidents were connected to any injuries or deaths, Sky News noted.

The Japanese automaker added that it will fix the problem by adding plastic covers to the metal seat cushion frames to keep metal pieces from cutting the seat belts if there is a crash, which will be done for free.

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