Toyota to recall 342,000 US pickup trucks to fix seat belt defect

CHICAGO (AFP) - Toyota will recall 342,000 Tacoma pickup trucks in the United States to fix a defect with the seat belt, the Japanese automaker said on Wednesday.

Screws within the seat belt assembly "can become loose over time due to repeatedly and forcefully closing the access door", Toyota said in a statement.

If the screws get too loose, the seat belt pretensioner and retractor spring cover could detach.

The recall affects the 2004 to 2011 model years.

Letters will be sent to affected customers and the repairs will be made at no charge.