On February 18, Toyota Motor Corporation notified the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism of a recall for the RAV4 and Vanguard due to an issue with the metal frame and seatbelts on the rear seating.
The recall applies to 176,819 units of the RAV4 and Vanguard that were assembled between October 26, 2005 and January 30, 2016.
In the event of a crash, the metal seat frame could make contact with the seatbelt, thereby damaging the seatbelt and would not be able to restrain the passengers.
As a protection measure, Toyota will add resin covers to the metal frames on all affected models.
There have been no injuries or accidents reported as a result of this defect. This issue was identified through information provided by the Ministry of Transport in Canada.