Aftermarket Seat Heater Increases Fire Risk in Toyota Vehicles
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Aftermarket Seat Heater Increases Fire Risk in Toyota Vehicles

About 7,750 vehicles may be equipped with the faulty item

June 14, 2016

Southeast Toyota Distributors (SET) has issued a recall due to a potentially dangerous aftermarket addition.

The distributor is recalling about 7,750 vehicles equipped with aftermarket accessory seat heaters with a copper strand heating element. The electrical wiring in the seat heaters may be damaged when the seat cushion is compressed.

If the accessory is damaged, the copper strand heating element may short circuit, increasing the risk of a fire.

The following model year Toyota vehicles may be included in the recall:

  • 2005-2011 4Runner
  • 2005-2011 Highlander
  • 2005-2011 Sequoia
  • 2005-2011 Sienna
  • 2005-2010 Avalon
  • 2005-2010 Tundra
  • 2006-2008 Camry Solara
  • 2006-2011 Rav4
  • 2006-2011 Tacoma
  • 2007-2010 FJ Cruiser
  • 2009-2010 Venza
  • 2010-2012 Prius
  • 1988-1990 Camry
  • 2005-2010 Camry
  • 1989 Corolla
  • 2009-2010 Corolla

SET will notify owners, and dealers will disconnect the seat heaters, free of charge, and refund the purchase price of the seat heater accessory. The recall is expected to begin on July 14, 2016.

Owners with questions about this recall can contact SET customer service at (866) 405-4226.