New Toyota Recall Hits Nearly 3 Million Cars

Thursday 18 February 2016

By James Mosley

Toyota has announced a new recall to involve 2.87 million of its Rav4 models globally over a potential seat belt fault.

The company said that the latest Toyota recall will affect Rav4 models produced between July 2005 and August 2014, with owners to be notified by first class mail. Of the 2.87 million cars involved in the latest recall, 625,000 vehicles are said to be in Europe, along with 1.3 million in North America, 434,000 in China, 177,000 in Japan, and 307,000 elsewhere.

Toyota has stated that in a serious head on collision, there is a chance that part of the seat belt could snag on the metal seat frame, causing it to be cut and the occupant no longer properly restrained, therefore increasing the chance of serious injury.

Apparently, the company has acted after receiving two reports of rear seat belts being severed during crashes, though it remains unknown if these cases were linked to any serious injuries or even fatalities.

This is latest Toyota recall in a string of fairly high profile global recalls over the last few years, but despite the announcement, Toyota shares actually rose 1.7%.

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