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Toyota has issued a stop-sale order on six of its core models due to concerns about the flammability of certain seat fabrics. The issue rests not with the cloth and leather covers themselves, but with a piece of seat heater beneath them that fails to meet US Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards for flame retardancy.

There have been no reports of fires or injuries from the affected cars, which include some of Toyota's biggest volume sellers. 2013 and 2014 Camry, Camry Hybrid, Avalon, Avalon Hybrid and Sienna models equipped with heated seats are included in the stop-sale, as are 2014 Tundra pickups and Corolla sedans. The exact number of vehicles with the non-compliant materials are still being tabulated, according to The Detroit Free Press.

According to a Toyota spokesman, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has been notified, although it remains to be seen if a recall will be issued. Outside of a full recall, though, it's unclear how Toyota will deal with vehicles equipped with the flammable materials that have already found homes.

In the meantime, Toyota is reportedly developing a fix for those vehicle still sitting on dealer lots.

UPDATE: John Hanson, National Manager, Environmental, Quality, and Safety Communications for Lexus, has confirmed to Autoblog that no Lexus models are affected by this seat fabric issue. We have not yet heard back from Scion, but we'll update this post as soon as we do. Scion has confirmed to Autoblog that its vehicles will not be subject to the stop sale or seat material investigation.

UPDATE II: Toyota has released an official statement on the stop sale. You can read it below.
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Seat Heater Non-Compliance Issue Creates Temporary Stop Sale On Certain Toyota Models

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.


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      • 10 Months Ago
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      MPLS612
      • 10 Months Ago
      Another re-call huh? How many is that now? Buy a Mazda
        Jmaister
        • 10 Months Ago
        @MPLS612
        If its too expensive, buy a Honda, just not the civic.
      Walt
      • 10 Months Ago
      Toyota "Let's go Places" - Like back to the dealer for the latest recall.
      Doug
      • 10 Months Ago
      So, Toyota is finally on the hot seat for cost cutting.
      stickshiftn69
      • 10 Months Ago
      that's what happens when you cut costs... typical Toyota
        SloopJohnB
        • 10 Months Ago
        @stickshiftn69
        Why bash Toyota? GM invented cost cutting and 'value engineering' is a US trait. It's generally a rush to the bottom on costs with quality being redefined as necessary.
        fran
        • 10 Months Ago
        @stickshiftn69
        @stickshiftn69: hahahahaha.. I can't BEGIN to imagine the level of your illiteracy.
      GR
      • 10 Months Ago
      Why is it always the made in USA models? Really, nearly all recalls of all Japanese cars are the ones with US parts suppliers and US manufacturing. It's no secret that their very best products are made in Japan and their VINs start with a J. Personally, I'll avoid "Japanese" cars that don't have a VIN starting with a J. Live in Japan and you will understand why. Recalls like these are also more reason than I need.
        airchompers
        • 10 Months Ago
        @GR
        Half the reason of buying a Lexus over a Toyota is to get the car made in Japan.
        normc32
        • 10 Months Ago
        @GR
        Good point! So why is Toyota the only at the top of recalls every year now?
          GR
          • 10 Months Ago
          @normc32
          You realize that most of these recalls only involve US-made models? Heck, the Tundra and Avalon were even designed in the US for the US market. Just like this very article, they are ALL made in US. Toyota also owns Lexus and Scion, yet they are not subject to recalls like these models. Ever wonder why?? Check the VIN. The majority of Lexus and Scion models have VINs that start with J meaning they were Made in Japan!
        carguy1701
        • 10 Months Ago
        @GR
        That's weird, I really don't care where my cars are made, as long as they deliver on their promises.
        superchan7
        • 10 Months Ago
        @GR
        Lexus RX has been produced in Canada for many years. Any quality issues from this would have been psychological.
      AnandRS
      • 10 Months Ago
      Made in USA just plain crap, either it's should be made inCanada orJapan
      mikeybyte1
      • 10 Months Ago
      "Oh what a feeling!" "I love what you do for me, Toyota!" "Let's go places." Perhaps to the burn ward at the nearest hospital? (Sorry, couldn't resist!)
        Cyrus
        • 10 Months Ago
        @mikeybyte1
        haha..Toyota knows there are many places are very cold this winter so they decided to give people "something" to burn. How sweet.
        i.own.your.ass
        • 10 Months Ago
        @mikeybyte1
        haha...so true...i was just about to say the same..... wait.. are we still talking about tesla?
        normc32
        • 10 Months Ago
        @mikeybyte1
        "Moving Forward" right off the seat?
        owen brown
        • 10 Months Ago
        @mikeybyte1
        Dumb ass ..Lol
      i.own.your.ass
      • 10 Months Ago
      that's why you should buy import.....made in US = fire hazard!
      mbukukanyau
      • 10 Months Ago
      Numero Uno in Recalls.. Oh! What a feeling!! For a company that started making sewing machines and weaving looms, this is certainly strange to recall
      john96xlt
      • 10 Months Ago
      LMFAO at the Toyotaphiles running around blaming everybody else, oh must be the stupid American workers! Really? Probably the stupid libtards who hate America and say we should be "more free" like Cuba, North Korea, or Sodom-controlled Iraq.
      Max Bullo
      • 10 Months Ago
      NUMBER ONE FOR PRODUCTION: THE FIRST CARMAKER EVER TO BREAK THE WALL OF 10 MILLIONS UNITS. RECALL? BULLSHITS. IT CAN STOP THE SALES FOR SOME WEEKS BUT IT'S NOT ENOUGH TO RUIN THEIR GROWTH. IT'S HAPPENING THE SAME WITH MERCEDES BENZ IN EU WITH REFRIGERATORS GAS.
        SloopJohnB
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Max Bullo
        The refrigerant fluid in MB cars at issue is with the insular interpretation by France. AFAIK MB is likely to get a waiver or otherwise get by while the EU sorts out the frogs' claim.
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