WASHINGTON - Federal safety officials are investigating the heated steering wheels on 1998-99 Audis to determine if they contain a safety defect.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it has received four complaints that steering wheels overheated. One melted and one burned. Two people complained of hand injuries.
Heated steering wheels are part of Audi's cold-weather package. When the temperature inside the vehicle is below 70 degrees and the driver's seat heater is on, the steering wheel temperature is supposed to rise quickly to 90 degrees and then settle back to 70 degrees, the agency explains.
If a recall is necessary, about 22,000 vehicles would be affected, NHTSA says.