Toyota Australia: Seatbelt Issue Recalls 98,000 RAV4 Cars

Toyota Australia has announced the recalling of over 40,000 cars in the UK due to some technical fault its RAV4 models are  facing.

The company revealed on Thursday that several concerns have been raised relating to the outboard metal seat frame seatbelts in the second row seats from RAV4 model of cars manufactured from August 2005 to November 2012. It has been disclosed that a  damage in the seatbelt could cause injuries if cars crash.

According to Nottingham Post, the UK-based car manufacturing ace confirmed that there were two crash reports received where the rear seatbelt was separated. It did not reveal about the injuries and deaths caused by the accident though. It only mentioned the possibility that the seatbelts were damaged during the high-speed collision. “There is a possibility that, in the event of a high-speed frontal collision, the seat belt webbing could contact a portion of the metal seat cushion frame, become cut and separate,” the company said in a statement released.

Occupying the seats may not help avoid injury. Furthermore, Toyota Australia explained that the seatbelt “could increase the risk of injury.” The company claimed that Toyota dealers will need to add “resin protection covers to the metal seat cushion frames” that are currently being prepared.

The email from Toyota stated that the defect has affected a total of more than three million cars. The owners of the cars affected will be notified through email with the details regarding the recall and will be contacted from time to time about the repaid schedule and progress. “When parts are available, all affected vehicle owners will again be advised by mail and asked to take their vehicle to any authorised Toyota dealer for rectification,” the statement added.

The automobile reparation will start in June and it is speculated that a one hour period will be required to fix every car. Toyota Australia stated that it wouldn’t charge anything for repairing the affected cars.

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