Toyota Stops Selling Cars for Fear Seats Might Go Up in Flames

May recall six models due to issue with flame resistance in heated seats

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Toyota has halted sales of certain car models due to worries about a lack of flame resistance in some of the seat materials. About 36,000 cars are affected, CNN reports.

Some of the material used for seats in Corolla, Avalon, Camry, Sienna, Tacoma and Tundra models sold since 2012 does not “retard flame” at the rate required by the U.S. Federal Motor Vehicles Safety Standards, CNN reports. In 2012, the company reportedly switched fabric suppliers. The problem may lead the company to recall several models, though the carmaker said the problem isn’t a motor vehicle safety issue.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will decide whether or not to recall the cars. Over the past several years, the company has recalled car models for a variety of reasons ranging from airbag sensors to the carpet used in floor mats. In 2010 and 2012, the company was fined for being slow in its recall efforts.

[CNN]

2 comments
topfuel2003
topfuel2003

People put so much faith in Toyota vehicles but they are the most recalled vehicles in the world. All I have to say is there marketing team is worth every penny they pay them.

SmoothEdward1
SmoothEdward1

Great, it's like getting the heated seats option for free! And, you thought dropping a cigarette in your lap while driving was bad.