SAFETY RECALL J0S – Front Seat Belt Buckle Inspection and Replacement – 2012 Toyota Avalon

Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing (Toyota) is recalling certain

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Inner Seat Belt Buckle Magnet Missing

If the seat belt is falsely interpreted as being buckled, in the event of a crash, the air bags may not deploy appropriately, increasing the risk of injury.

NHTSA Campaign Number: 18V569

Manufacturer Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing


Potential Number of Units Affected 19,354


Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing (Toyota) is recalling certain 2012 Toyota Avalon vehicles. During a vehicle repair, the seat belt inner buckles may have been replaced with parts that may incorrectly tell the air bag management system that the seat belt is always buckled.


Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will test the seat belt assembly to verify that it is properly detecting being unbuckled, replacing the inner seat belt assembly as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin September 17, 2018. Owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-888-270-9371. Toyota’s number for this recall is J0S.


Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to

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