Toyota Stop-Sale Order


From the Toyota Newsroom: January 30, 2014

Toyota has informed the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that it has initiated a stop-sale of certain Avalon, Avalon Hybrid, Camry, Camry Hybrid, Corolla, Sienna, Tacoma and Tundra vehicles equipped with seat heaters in order to address a non-compliance issue.

In involved vehicles, the seat heater, which is a small portion of the soft materials of the seat assembly, does not meet a provision of U.S. Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) requiring materials to retard flame at a specified rate. Toyota is preparing a modification for this condition, which will be implemented on all covered vehicles in dealer inventory.

There have been no reports globally of any related incidents in the field with units in operation. Per NHTSA regulations, Toyota will file a Non-Compliance Information Report today.

Toyota has not said how many vehicles are affected by the issue. A report in Automotive News indicates that Toyota has identified the non-compliant part(s) and is in the process of obtaining compliant replacement parts to be installed in all affected vehicles, either before they reach dealers’ inventory or before they are sold.

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