When we reported yesterday on Toyota's stop-sale order of certain 2013 and 2014 models due to an issue with the fabrics on models with heated seats not conforming to flammability regulations, one of our many questions was how many vehicles were affected? More importantly, how many of those cars have already found homes?
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is now looking into whether or not seat heaters pose an "unreasonable risk to safety," according to USA Today. The government agency is currently shuffling through dozens of reports of burns associated with overactive heaters, and Johnson Clifton Larson & Schaler, an Oregon law firm, says that it knows of at least 150 people injured by the convenience feature.
Owners of some 2003 and 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokees can be expecting a recall letter sometime in July; that is, if they haven't already experienced charred backsides urging them to return to their dealers. DaimlerChrysler will be performing a campaign on the vehicles to address an issue with the vehicle's heated seats, which can malfunction and lead to a fire. The problem is said to be related to the company's use of a "thin film" carbon resistive element, which replaced the traditional wirewound