PhotoToyota Motor North America is recalling about 19,400 model year 2012 Avalons.

Because of a service part manufacturing error, some vehicles may have had a front seat belt inner buckle replaced with one that does not correctly identify if the seat belt is buckled.

This could affect how the airbag system determines the appropriate airbag deployment method in a crash, and could increase the risk of injury to the occupant where the front seat belt inner buckle was replaced.

As many as 97 of the recalled vehicles may have had a front seat belt inner buckle replaced by a dealer (or possibly a non-Toyota service provider) with an involved service part.

What to do

Toyota dealers will inspect the front seat belt inner buckle(s) and if necessary, replace it with a new one(s) at no cost to customers.

The recall is set to begin in mid-September.

Owners may call Toyota at (800) 331.4331.


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