Chrysler is reportedly suing Magna International to recoup money it has spent on a recall involving defective heated seats in minivans.

Reuters reported that Chrysler filed the lawsuit in Oakland County court in Michigan, near Chrysler's headquarters, in February after exhausting all other options available.

The report cited remarks by Chrysler spokesman Mike Palese.

Reuters said that Chrysler recalled 161,500 1999-2001 model-year Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town & Country minivans in 2005 because of defective heated seats made by Magna.

The heating element in some of the seats overheated and burned through the fabric, Palese said.

"We are asking them to compensate us for the customer-service action," he said.