Toyota is recalling three 2020 models for a seat belt defect, including the Corolla (pictured). - Photo courtesy of Toyota.

Toyota is recalling three 2020 models for a seat belt defect, including the Corolla (pictured).

Photo courtesy of Toyota.

Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing has recalled 9,468 of its smaller cars and crossovers from the 2020 and 2019 model years for an issue involving the seat belts, according to federal records.

Toyota's 2020 Corolla and Corolla Hybrid compact cars, as well as its 2019 to 2020 C-HR, have been pulled into the recall. Vehicles with rear seat belt assemblies with a dual-mode locking mechanism could have a defect where the seat belt's webbing sensor locking mechanism may not lock as intended.

Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the seat belt assembly production dates. They will replace the assemblies free of charge. The recall is set to begin Feb. 3.

Owners may contact Toyota customer service at 888-327-4236. The recall numbers are 19TB22 and 19TA22. To reach the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's safety hotline, call 888-327-4236.

Originally posted on Automotive Fleet

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