Although Toyota has a solid reputation for quality, the Japanese automaker announced the recall of 1.3 million vehicles worldwide on Wednesday. The recall involves the company's Yaris small car, with 134,900 of the recalled vehicles residing in the United States.
According to The Detroit News, the recall is due to a seatbelt defect. In extreme front-crash situations, the defective seatbelt unit could cause a foam pad to ignite. However, no cases of fire have been reported to Toyota or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The recall includes 2006 and 2007 model year Yaris vehicles. Owners will be notified of the recall next week via a letter from Toyota.