Toyota recalling SUVs over seat belt issue

FILE - In this May 8, 2015 file photo, Toyota logo on a car is seen at Toyota's headquarters building in Tokyo. Japanese automaker Toyota Motor Corp. said Tuesday, July 28, 2015 it sold 5.02 million vehicles in the first six months of this year, down 1.5 percent from the same period the previous year, as sales struggled especially in the languishing Japanese market. Volkswagen overtook Toyota in global vehicle sales for January-June, the first time the German automaker has come out top in the intensely competitive tallies. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, File)

DETROIT — Toyota is recalling more than 1.1 million small SUVs in the U.S. because the seat belts might fail in a crash.

The recall covers RAV4 SUVS from the 2006 through 2012 model years, as well as the RAV4 electric vehicle from 2012 through 2014.

Toyota says it’s possible that the belts in both second-row outside seats could come in contact with the metal seat cushion frame in a severe frontal crash. If that happens, the belts could become cut and would not restrain passengers.

The company says it will add plastic covers to the seat cushion frame at no cost to owners. It was unclear when the recall would begin.

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