Toyota recalls SUVs after seat belt separated in fatal crash
TOKYO (Bloomberg) -- Toyota is recalling about 2.87 million SUVs globally after back seat belts split in one deadly incident in Canada and throughout an accident that injured a passenger in the U.S.
The recall contains 1.3 million vehicles in The United States, along with approximately 625,000 automobiles in Europe, 434,000 automobiles in China, 177,000 in Japan and 307,000 in other areas.
The recall includes its RAV4 SUV version made between July 2005 and August 2014 and marketed globally, and its own Vanguard SUV version made between Oct 2005 and January 2016 and marketed in Japan.
Back seat belts in the automobiles may be cut by alloy seat cushion frameworks in serious front crashes and don't hold passengers, Toyota stated.
The auto-maker said it'd include resin handles to the alloy seat cushion frameworks on all affected vehicles to avoid any steel bits from cutting the seat belt in case of an accident.
Toyota said it couldn't ascertain if the Canadian and U.S. events were associated with any accidents or fatalities.
The seatbelt problem presents threat to the RAV 4’s picture as the version becomes one of Toyota’s most important in the U.S. marketplace. The sport utility vehicle may surpass Camry, the business’s best-selling automobile in the US for the last 14 years, and become Toyota’s largest seller over the following five years, Senior Vicepresident Bob Carter said in December.
The re-call also tacks on to what's already one of Toyota’s largest ever repair efforts including safety devices.
Toyota is among 14 manufacturing companies calling back about 2 4 million automobiles to to displace Takata Corp. inflators that have ruptured and led to the greatest U.S. car-safety recall. Older RAV 4 versions also are a part of the Takata airbag recall.
Toyota is starting its newest recall after Canada’s regulator noted in Oct that seatbelts were damaged during crash test study The re-call is due to Toyota’s car layout and not its providers, the auto-maker mentioned.
Reuters contributed to the report
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