Toyota recalling about 370,000 pickup trucks for seat belt issue

Aug. 7, 2013 at 8:14 PM

WASHINGTON, Aug. 7 (UPI) -- Japanese automaker Toyota Motor Corp. said Wednesday it is recalling about 370,000 of its pickup trucks due to a seat belt problem.

The company said screws attaching the seat belt pre-tensioner to the retractor on 2005-2011 Toyota Tacoma Access Cab trucks can become loose over time due to repeatedly and forcefully closing the access door. Should the screws come all the way out, the pre-tensioner and retractor spring cover could detach from the seat belt retractor, which can affect seat belt performance, the company said.

The Detroit News reported the recall covers 342,451 trucks in the United States, 27,000 in Canada, 60 in Germany and 10 in New Caledonia.

A Toyota spokeswoman said no crashes or injuries had been reported related to the recall, the newspaper said.

Toyota told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration the first reports of the problem in the U.S. market came in late 2011 and early 2012.

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