Toyota Fire Danger Recall

2014 Toyota Camry sales frozen by Toyota pending fire risk danger.
Automotive News is reporting that Toyota told North American dealers today to stop selling several models equipped with seat heaters made since August 2012 because of a fire danger.

The 2013 and 2014 Camry sedan, Camry hybrid, Avalon sedan, Avalon hybrid, Corolla subcompact, Sienna minivan and Tundra and Tacoma pickup trucks equipped with seat heaters that were sold since August 2012, are the vehicles involved in the warning. Apparently 13,850 Avalon sedan models from 2013 and 2014, and 10,100 Sienna minivans from 2013 and 2014, in dealer inventory are subject to the stop sale order.

A parts supplier for the heated seats was changed and South Korean safety officials discovered that the new material did not meet mandatory fire retardant standards that existed before United States.

No word has been given on whether or not this will trigger a vehicle recall and the current "stop sales" order apparently leaves dealers stuck with about 36,000 vehicles that they cannot sell.

Surprisingly, the automotive news article quotes Toyota officials as saying that they did not believe that this is a "safety related" problem. We wonder if that depends on whether or not you are the one sitting in the car seat when it catches on fire?

While most Toyota vehicles do not come with heated seats, all Toyota Avalon vehicles that are sold in the United States are equipped with heated seats, according to Toyota.

Toyota has not announced any warnings or recalls on this issue which deal with vehicles that have already been sold. We will all have to wait to see what develops.

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