Toyota Motor said it is recalling nearly 2.9 million sports utility vehicles globally because of seat belts that might fail in a crash. Kelsey Hubbard reports.
Toyota Motor is recalling nearly three million vehicles globally, because of faulty seatbelts. The company said their seatbelts could be damaged if they come in contact with a metal seat cushion frame in the event of a crash. A majority of the recalls - more than one million - are in North America, followed by Europe, China, in Japan and other regions. In an email, the world's biggest-selling automaker said that the global recall involved its RAV4 SUV model produced between July 2005 and August 2014 and sold worldwide, and its Vanguard SUV model produced between October 2005 and January 2016 and sold in Japan. Owners of the involved vehicles will receive notification by mail and said Toyota dealers will add plastic covers to the metal frame at no cost to customers. This recall is the latest in a wave of safety issues that led to various recalls for the Japanese automaker, including defective Takata airbags, which led to at least ten deaths in the U.S. and a recall of over 30 million vehicles worldwide.