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4,600 RAV4s to be recalled in Ireland over Toyota seatbelt fault

Published 19/02/2016 | 15:21

A number of Toyota Rav 4 models are being recalled.
A number of Toyota Rav 4 models are being recalled.

TOYOTA in Ireland is recalling 4,639 RAV4 crossovers as part of a global 2.87 million call back.

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It follows an incident in Canada in which rear seat belts separated in a fatal accident and during a US crash in which one person was injured.

Toyota insisted it was not clear if the defect was to blame.

The models being recalled are RAV4s produced between July 2005 and August 2014.

Toyota says rear seatbelts in the affected vehicles could be cut by metal seat-cushion frames in the event of a severe front crash and might not restrain passengers.

It plans to add resin covers to the metal seat cushion frames on those vehicles. That is to prevent any metal pieces cutting the seatbelt in a crash. The procedure should take less than an hour.

Around 1.3 million vehicles are being recalled in North America, 625,000 in Europe, 434,000 in China, 177,000 in Japan and 307,000 in other regions.

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