WASHINGTON - Do some car seat warmers represent a safety hazard?
That is what the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration hopes to find out in a defect investigation of 2002-03 Volkswagen Jettas.
NHTSA says it has received seven complaints about Jetta driver seat warmers that overheated, burning the seat cushions and in three cases causing injuries to the occupants.
The agency says as many as 131,000 vehicles could be recalled.
In another case, NHTSA says it is investigating some General Motors pickups from the 2000-02 model years to determine whether they have a defective hydraulic pump that makes their brakes and steering unsafe.
The agency says it has received 19 complaints. They include two reported crashes with one claimed injury. The complaints indicate that a hydraulic pump shaft breaks, causing a loss of the power assist for brakes and steering.
The affected trucks are 2500 and 3500 series Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups. NHTSA estimates that as many as 660,000 vehicles could be recalled.