News broke last week of Toyota issuing a notice to its dealers halting sales on eight models, but the company is expected to seek a waiver from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on the issue.
Because there haven’t been any real world instances of fires or complaints about the issue, Toyota spokesman John Hanson told Automotive News that the company doesn’t see the need for a recall. The order to stop sales came after the automaker received notice from South Korean safety officials saying that the cars didn’t meet fire retardant standards shared shared in the U.S.
NHTSA is currently investigating the issue to determine whether or not a recall is merited, but the agency said last week that it expects Toyota to be excused for “inconsequential noncompliance.”
Roughly 36,000 vehicles in dealer stock are affected along with an untold number that have already been sold. The list includes the Camry, Avalon, hybrid models of both those cars, Corolla, Sienna, Tundra and Tacoma. Dealers have been told to stop selling the vehicles until the parts can be replaced.
[Source: Automotive News]
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