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Toyota Stops Sales of Certain Vehicles to Resolve Seat Heater Issue

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 1/30/2014 Erick Ayapana

Car shoppers looking for a new Toyota with heated seats may be out of luck. The automaker today announced that it has stopped selling a number of its popular models, including the 2014 Toyota Camry and 2014 Toyota Corolla, due to an issue related to seat heaters and the flammability of the seat fabric.

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2014 Toyota Corolla Eco© Provided by MotorTrend 2014 Toyota Corolla Eco The affected models include model year 2013 and 2014 Toyota Camry, Avalon, Sienna, and Tacoma vehicles. Also included are 2014 Corolla sedans and Tundra trucks. It’s still unclear just how many vehicles are affected by the issue, though Automotive News reports about 36,000 vehicles could be affected. According to Toyota, the affected vehicles have seats with heaters and materials that don’t “retard flame at a specified rate” required by a provision within the U.S. Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS). Toyota will rectify the issue in cars on dealer lots.

Toyota Stops Sales of Certain Vehicles to Resolve Seat Heater Issue

Toyota has notified the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and claims it hasn’t received any reports of issues from cars that are already on the road. In an interview with the Detroit Free Press, Toyota spokesman John Hanson said his company is working with the NHTSA to determine if a recall is necessary for cars already sold.

The automaker first learned about the issue after the seat heater failed a test conducted by the Korean Automotive Test and Research Institute, Automotive News reports. The affected cars are built in the U.S. and are shipped to other countries including Korea.

Source: Toyota, Detroit Free Press, Automotive News (subscription required)

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