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Is Same Supplier Behind Toyota, GM Door Fires?

NHTSA now looking at problems with Chevrolet TrailBlazer.

by on Feb.14, 2012

More than 300,000 Chevrolet TrailBlazers are covered by the new investigation.

Federal safety investigators have expanded an investigation launched last week when they initially responded to reports of six fires involving Toyota Camry and RAV-4 models.  A similar problem, with fires apparently starting in the driver door of the Chevrolet TrailBlazer, is now being investigated, as well – and authorities want to know if the problems are linked.

The Toyota door fires were apparently linked to defective power window switches and could impact as many as 830,000 vehicles.  But, as reported last week, the Japanese maker improves its economies of scale by sharing such components in a wide range of products and it is possible still more Toyota vehicles could be roped in by the investigation.

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It is also common practice for suppliers to offer similar – and sometimes identical – parts and components to more than one automaker.  That could be the case with the 2006 to 2007 TrailBlazer, with 309,000 of the SUVs involved in the latest investigation.


New Chevy Trailblazer Debuting in Dubai

U.S. launch uncertain.

by on Oct.13, 2011

Chevy offers a tease of the new TrailBlazer SUV.

A familiar name for U.S. motorists, but the Chevrolet TrailBlazer SUV debuting at the upcoming Dubai International Motor Show next month may not make it to American shores.

The midsize sport-utility vehicle shares its underpinnings with the completely redesigned midsized Colorado pickup that Chevy confirmed will be sold in the U.S. – starting early next year as a 2013 model.  But, at least initially, the TrailBlazer based off the truck appears destined to just about anywhere Chevrolet sells SUVs but the States.

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The new model uses a body-on-frame design that was developed by General Motors’ main Latina American product development center, GM do Brasil.  The operation also developed the new Colorado, which launched in Thailand earlier this month.  Thailand will also be the first to start welling the new SUV.