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Feds Investigate Chevy and Toyota Vehicle Fires

Laura Hosford-Yunker4 years ago

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Office of Defects Investigation (ODI) is expanding their probe into fire hazards associated with certain Chevy and Toyota vehicles manufactured between 2006 and 2009. The vehicles have a master power window switch which can reportedly overheat and catch fire.

Chevrolet Trailblazer Investigation

  • The Chevrolet investigation involves 2006-2007 Trailblazer SUVs with master power window switches.
  • GM has received 167 reports and 698 warranty claims related to the issue.
  • The ODI has received 83 additional complaint reports including 66 where the door modules melted or burned and 28 in which the door panels caught fire.
  • Some reports indicated the events happened while the vehicles were not running or were unattended.
  • ODI may expand their investigation to platform mates including the Buick Rainier, Isuzu Ascender, GMC Envoy, and Saab 9-7x.

Toyota Camry, RAV4, Yaris and Highlander Hybrid Investigation

  • The Toyota investigation involves 1.4 million vehicles (expanded from 830,000).
  • The original investigation included 2007 Toyota Camry and RAV4 models. It has been expanded to include 2007-2009 Camrys, Camry hybrids, RAV4, and Yaris models and 2008 Highlander Hybrid SUVs (they use the same power window master switch.)
  • Toyota has received 129 reports and 49 warranty claims of fires or other thermal events related to this issue.
  • The ODI has received 161 window switch fire complaints, including nine reports of injuries related to the fires.
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