TORRANCE, California — Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. is recalling approximately 1,124,000 2006-'12 Toyota RAV4 SUVs and 2012-'14 Toyota RAV4 EV SUVs to fix a seatbelt problem, the automaker said on Wednesday.
The problem is with the lap-shoulder seatbelts in the second-row outboard seats.
"There is a possibility that, in the event of a very severe frontal crash, the lap belt webbing could contact a portion of the metal seat cushion frame, become cut and separate," Toyota said in a statement. "If this occurs, the seatbelt may not properly restrain the occupant, which could increase the risk of injury."
A Toyota spokesman did not respond immediately to a query from Edmunds asking if there are any injuries, accidents or fatalities linked to the recall.
No information about the recall has been posted on the website of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which oversees vehicle safety in the U.S.
Edmunds says: Owners of these vehicles should wait for their official recall notice and then schedule a service appointment with their dealer. But if you have an immediate concern, it's best to contact your dealer now.