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From Products Liability Law Daily, August 7, 2013

Toyota voluntarily recalls over 300,000 Tacoma vehicles due to seat belt troubles

By Joseph Bichl

Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc., announced that it is recalling approximately 342,000 Toyota Tacoma Access Cab vehicles after discovering that the front seat belts can malfunction (Toyota Motor Sales News Release, August 7, 2013).

According to Toyota, screws that attach the seat belt pretensioner to the belt’s retractor can become loose over time if the door is repeatedly shut with force. Seat belt pretensioners were developed to reduce the motion of the occupant in a crash by pulling on the belt, forcefully moving the passenger into an optimum crash position. If the screws loosen completely, the seat belt pretensioner and the retractor may not work effectively for the driver and front passenger of the vehicle. The recalled Tacomas were manufactured from 2004 to 2011.

Toyota said it will notify vehicle owners by mail and dealers will repair the seat belts free of charge. For more information, owners can contact Toyota Customer Experience Center at 1-800-331-4331 or visit

Companies: Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc.

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