Posted on Friday, February 7th, 2014 at 3:30 pm
According to a recent AP article, Toyota has told its North American dealers to stop selling several popular models with heated seats because one of the fabrics used to make the seats do not comply with U.S. safety codes. The autos affected include certain Camrys, Avalons, Siennas and Tacomas from the 2013 and 2014 years, as well as Corolla and Tundras from 2014. Toyota estimates that about 36,000 vehicles on its dealer lots are affected.
Although, no fires or injuries have been reported, Toyota can’t legally sell cars in the United States that do not comply with U.S. safety codes.
With respect to those Toyotas already on the road with such heated seats, Toyota contends a recall isn’t necessary since there have been no fires or reported incidents. The U.S. National Highway Transportation Safety Administration is investigating to decide if a recall is needed.