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Toyota Vehicles Investigated for Fire Risk, Nissan Recalls Versas for Faulty Shifters

2012 Nissan Versa

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is opening an investigation into Toyota Camry sedans and RAV4 crossovers from the 2007 model year after owner reports of door fires. This investigation will determine whether Toyota needs to issue a recall. NHTSA has also determined that about 36,000 2012 Nissan Versas need to be recalled for problems with their gear shifters.

According to six complaints filed with NHTSA, the driver’s side door in certain 2007 Toyota Camry and RAV4 models can catch fire as a result of faulty wiring for the electric window. “None of the complaints filed with NHTSA alleges any injuries, but some say the fires caused serious damage,” reports The Detroit News.

If own a 2007 Toyota Camry or RAV4, you don’t have to worry just yet, since NHTSA is still investigating the issue. Though up to 830,000 Toyotas may be affected, only six owners have reported experiencing the problem so far. Owners who are concerned about their cars should keep an eye on NHTSA’s defects investigations website, where they’ll report more information about the investigation, or call NHTSA’s safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236.

If you own a 2012 Nissan Versa, you may be notified by Nissan that your affordable small car is being recalled. Certain 2012 models equipped with automatic transmissions “may have defective shifter knobs or shifter assemblies, which could allow the car to be shifted out of park without first pressing the brake pedal,” writes Autoblog. That means it’s possible for the car to roll away before you’re ready to go, increasing the chance of injury to nearby pedestrians.

Owners of 2012 Nissan Versas will be contacted by Nissan starting Feb. 20, 2012, and can have their shifter assembly inspected and replaced free of charge, if necessary. You can contact Nissan at 1-800-647-7261 with any questions.

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