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Government Investigates Fires in Chevrolet Trailblazers, Subaru Recalls 2012 Legacy and Outback

2007 Chevrolet Trailblazer

The federal government has opened an investigation into Chevrolet Trailblazer SUVs from the 2006 and 2007 model years for a potential fire hazard. According to a notice released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Office of Defects Investigation, there have been 12 complaints from Trailblazer owners that the driver’s power window switch has burnt and/or melted.

“Several of the complaints have led to driver door fires, including some that occurred while the vehicle was in operation and during periods where the vehicle was left unattended (key-off),” says NHTSA. “ODI has opened this investigation to further analyze the scope, frequency, and consequence of the alleged incidents.”

Reuters reports that more than 309,000 Trailblazer models are under investigation, though NHTSA has not issued a recall. There have been 10 driver-side door fires, but after speaking with a GM spokesman, Reuters learned that no accidents or injuries have resulted from the defect.

This investigation follows a similar investigation of Toyota Camry sedans and RAV4 crossovers from the 2007 model year in which owners also reported door fires due to faulty wiring of the driver’s power window. With the Camry and RAV4 investigation, the federal government has logged six complaints, but a recall has not been issued. But if these models are recalled, up to 830,000 Toyotas could be affected.

In a separate action, NHTSA is recalling 2012 Subaru Legacy and Outback vehicles. The recall affects 381 models for side curtain airbags that may not inflate because they have “an incorrect propellant mixture.” Because of this, the side curtain airbags may not deploy in an accident. The recall begins in April, and Subaru dealers will replace one or both of the side curtain airbags for free. If you have questions, you can call Subaru at 1-800-782-2783 or NHTSA at 1-888-327-4236.

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