Toyota Stops Sale of 2013-'14 Camry, Other Vehicles Ahead of Possible Recall | Edmunds

Toyota Stops Sale of 2013-'14 Camry, Other Vehicles Ahead of Possible Recall


Just the Facts:
  • Toyota on Thursday issued a "stop-sale" order to its U.S. dealers that covers several models, including the 2013-'14 Toyota Camry, while it is in discussions with NHTSA over a possible vehicle recall.
  • Toyota will install a new revised seat heater component in the affected vehicles, after concerns about whether the seat fabric in the affected models meets federal flammability standards.
  • "There have been no incidents related to this globally," said John Hanson, a Toyota spokesman, in a phone conversation.

TORRANCE, California — Toyota on Thursday issued a "stop-sale" order to its U.S. dealers that covers several models, including the 2013-'14 Toyota Camry, while it is in discussions with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration over a possible vehicle recall.

Toyota will install a new revised seat heater component in the affected vehicles, after concerns about whether the seat fabric in the affected models meets federal flammability standards.

"There have been no incidents related to this globally," said John Hanson, a Toyota spokesman, in a phone conversation. "The concern is how well does the seat fabric retard flame."

Hanson said he could not say how many vehicles are affected at this point. The action also affects the 2013-'14 Toyota Camry Hybrid, Avalon and Avalon Hybrid sedans, Sienna minivan and Tacoma pickup, as well as the 2014 Toyota Corolla and Tundra pickup.

The vehicles have not been recalled at this point and there is no formal investigation by federal safety regulators yet.

Toyota has filed what is called a "noncompliance report" with NHTSA, which oversees vehicle recalls in the U.S. Hanson said it is now up to the federal agency to decide if the matter needs to be investigated further or if the vehicles need to be recalled.

"We cannot sell the vehicles and we are stopping the sale of any of these vehicles until we put in the new component," Hanson said.

He added: "The question is whether this is deemed an actual safety issue (by NHTSA)."

The matter was brought to the attention of Toyota by South Korea's vehicle safety agency after testing.

Edmunds says: At this point, owners of the affected Toyota vehicles must wait for federal safety regulators to make a decision on a recall. Toyota's Hanson said it is too early to tell whether car shoppers will find shortages of the vehicles on dealer lots as many of the models undergo repairs.

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