Chevy, Toyota Door Fires Get Closer Scrutiny by NHTSA

By Joel Arellano | June 18, 2012
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced this week that it's expanding its investigation into reported fires from the Chevrolet Trailblazer and various Toyota vehicles, specifically the Camry sedan and its hybrid model; Highlander hybrid and RAV4 crossovers; and the subcompact Yaris. first posted on the vehicle fires back in February when the NHTSA stated it was opening an investigation on model year 2006-2007 Chevy Trailblazers, 2007 Toyota Camrys and RAV4s. The federal agency had received complaints from consumers of door fires which may have resulted from malfunctioning window door switches or modules used in the vehicles. Note the 2012 Toyota Camry LE, which we reviewed earlier this year, is not under investigation. Now the NHTSA has expanded its investigation to include the Toyota Highlander and Yaris. A total of more than 1.4 million Toyota vehicles may now be included in the probe. The agency has also expanded the number of Chevy Trailblazers under scrutiny from the original 309,000 or so vehicles to more than 340,000 SUVs. The investigation has also been escalated from a preliminary review to engineering analysis of the affected Chevrolet and Toyota vehicles. The NHTSA may issue a formal recall depending on the analysis' results.
No fatalities have stemmed from the door fires, though the NHTSA states it received reports of nine injuries. Both Toyota and Chevrolet owner General Motors have stated they are cooperating with the federal agency. Source: NHTSA, Detroit News, Reuters