Toyota announces RAV4 recall over faulty seatbelts

TOYOTA Australia has announced a recall of almost 100,000 RAV4 vehicles built between August 2005 and November 2012 after discovering issues with backseat seat belts.

The company made the recall today of ACA33, GSA33 and ACA38 models due to a potential issue with both outboard seat belts of the second row seats.

The company today said there is a possibility that, in the event of a high-speed frontal collision, a portion of the metal seat cushion frame could cut the seat belt webbing.

The seat belt may not then properly restrain the occupant, which could increase the risk of injury in the crash.

There have been no accidents or injuries in Australia as a result of the fault.

For all impacted vehicles, Toyota dealers will add resin protection covers to the metal seat cushion frames.

Parts for those repairs are being prepared, but it's estimated that RAV4 owners won't be able to have their vehicles fixed until June.

Affected vehicle owners will be notified by mail with details of the recall campaign.

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 repairs will take approximately one hour and will be free of charge.

For further information, customers can contact the Toyota recall campaign helpline on 1800 987 366 or visit

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