NHTSA Investigates More Toyota Models for Fire Hazard
In February, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration began investigating Toyota Camry sedans and RAV4 crossovers from the 2007 model year after owner reports of door fires. NHTSA has expanded the investigation, which now includes 2007 to 2009 Toyota Camry, Camry Hybrid, RAV4 and Yaris models. Toyota Highlander Hybrid SUVs from the 2008 model year are also included.
According to a NHTSA Office of Defects Investigation (ODI) document, faulty wiring in the power window master switch assembly in the driver’s side door can overheat or cause an electrical fire. Toyota models being investigated were built from September 2006 to August 2008. The ODI document also indicates that there have been 161 complaints of crashes or fires and nine injuries. The Associated Press says that the initial investigation included more than 800,000 Toyota vehicles, but has now increased to more than 1.4 million vehicles.
In a separate investigation, more than 341,000 Chevrolet Trailblazer SUVs from the 2006 and 2007 model years are also under investigation because defective wiring in the driver’s door could start a fire. NHTSA’s ODI reports that its Trailblazer investigation is looking into owner warranty claims of “melting and/or burning of the driver side power window switch.” The ODI report shows there have been 242 complaints, 28 reports of driver door fires and no reports of injuries.
A Toyota spokesman told the Associated Press if owners of the affected vehicles smell smoke or find that the doors are hot, they should take their vehicles to their Toyota dealership for an inspection. If you own a Trailblazer, Camry, RAV4, Camry Hybrid, Yaris or Highlander Hybrid, you can keep an eye on NHTSA’s website for more information. Automakers notify owners in the event of a recall, but you can also visit www.safercar.gov or call NHTSA’s vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236.
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