NHTSA car door fire probe extends to Chevrolet Trailblazer

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The NHTSA probe into car door fires has expanded to include the 2006 and 2007 Chevrolet Trailblazer. Image from Wikimedia Commons.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is currently investigating a variety of cars that may be susceptible to fires in the doors. The probe initially concentrated on Toyota models, but it has been expanded to include the Chevrolet Trailblazer.

Problem possibly in power window switch

On Feb. 10, according to Businessweek, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced it was opening a probe concerning electrical fires that have been reportedly breaking out in the doors of several Toyota models.

The agency had received reports of fires breaking out in door panels of the Camry, one of the best-selling passenger cars, and the RAV4 crossover SUV. The probe is only for the 2007 model year of those cars, which comprise about 830,000 units.

The agency had only received reports of six actual fires, none of which resulted in any accidents, but one fire, according to CBS, resulted in the total immolation of a Camry. The NHTSA believes the issue is with the power window switch and is investigating the supply chain.

Probe expands to include Chevy Trailblazer

The NHTSA, according to CBS, is expanding the probe to include the Chevrolet Trailblazer from the 2006 and 2007 model years. The Trailblazer was a popular light-truck based SUV that replaced the S-10 Blazer and has since been replaced by the Traverse crossover.

The NHTSA received 12 total complaints of fires occurring in Chevrolet Trailblazers. None were totally destroyed, and no injuries or accidents were reported, according to the Los Angeles Times, though some of the incidents occurred while the vehicle was in motion.

There are approximately 309,000 Trailblazers from those model years in the U.S. Investigators are trying to determine whether Chevrolet used switches from the same supplier as Toyota, though models prior to and after the 2006 and 2007 model years used a different master switch for power windows. The probe does not extend to the GMC Envoy or vehicles that shared the chassis and other parts with the Trailblazer.

If in doubt, go in for fix

A recall has not yet been announced for the Toyota Camry, RAV4 or Trailblazer for this issue, according to the Christian Science Monitor. However, any motorists who own these model years of these cars are advised to monitor their vehicles. If owners smell burning plastic or have any issues operating power windows, they are urged to take their cars to a dealership for inspection as soon as possible.

[New Toyotas are definitely safe and a great selection is at Sandy Springs Toyota in Atlanta, Ga]

Sources

Businessweek

CBS

Christian Science Monitor

Los Angeles Times: http://www.latimes.com/business/money/la-fi-mo-chevrolet-trailblazer-fire-20120213,0,2083379.story

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