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An investigation by Canadian safety regulators, into a crash that killed two people, has prompted a massive recall of nearly 2.9 million Toyota SUVs, according to U.S. government documents recently released.

Toyota recently announced a recall because the rear seat belts can be cut in a severe accident. Which, if that is to happen, the seat belts won’t properly restrain passengers therefore putting them at risk.

The problem was discovered by Canadian investigators in crash tests performed after two rear-seat passengers died in a crash in May 2011. The unusual circumstances of the crash drew the attention of Canadian regulators, who did crash tests in October and found that the seat belts could come into contact with a metal seat cushion frame in a severe crash. Investigators presented its findings to Toyota who confirmed the problem through their own investigation.

The recall involves 1.25 million RAV4s in the U.S. and in Canada from the 2006 through 2012 model years and the RAV4 electric vehicle from 2012 through 2014.


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