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Recall of the Week: Toyota RAV4 SUVs due to defective seatbelts

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Toyota is recalling about 1.1 sports utility vehicles the United States due to a seatbelt separation issue.

If a severe frontal crash occurs, it’s possible the seat belts in the second-row window seats could get cut by the metal seat cushion frame and separate, Toyota said. If this happens, the seat belt may not restrain the occupant, which could increase the risk of injury.

The recall involves RAV4 SUVs, models years 2006 through 2012, and RAV4 electric SUVs, models years 2012 through 2014.

Owners of the recalled SUVs will receive notification by mail. Toyota dealers will add plastic covers to the metal seat cushion frame at no cost.

For additional information, customer support is available by calling Toyota Customer Service at 800-331-4331.

For details on other recalls, see www.recalls.gov.

Copyright 2016, Rita R. Robison, Consumer Specialist

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