Posted at 04:13 PM ET, 01/30/2014

Toyota in Hot Seat Over Faulty Seat Heaters


A safety problem has caused Toyota to halt the sale of several popular new cars, trucks and crossovers. The automaker issued a temporary sales stop of close to its entire lineup, including the Avalon, Avalon Hybrid, Camry, Camry Hybrid, Corolla, Sienna, Tacoma and Tundra vehicles equipped with seat heaters.

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According to Toyota, a small portion of the seat heater and its surrounding soft materials do not meet U.S. Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards. These materials are required to retard flame at a specified rate, and they don't meet that standard in the affected vehicles. "Toyota is preparing a modification for this condition, which will be implemented on all covered vehicles in dealer inventory," the automaker said in a statement.

The automaker reports that there have been no related incidents regarding the noncompliance and that the issue has been reported to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The Chicago Tribune is reporting that all of the affected vehicles were made in the U.S. A Toyota spokesman did not return our request for comment. Concerned owners can call Toyota at 800-331-4331.

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