Toyota recalls nearly 3 million SUVs over seat belt failure

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DETROIT — Millions of SUVs are being recalled because their seat belts may fail in a crash, automaker Toyota said.

More than 1.1 million small SUVs made by Toyota and sold in the U.S. are affected by the recall. A total of nearly 3 million vehicles are involved in the recall, CNN reports.

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 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 be severed and would no longer be able to restrain passengers.

The company says it will add plastic covers to the seat cushion frame at no cost to owners.

CNN contributed to this report.