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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.


Toyota Facing Federal Fire Investigation – Could Impact Over 800,000 Vehicles

Follows reports of fires in doors of Camry, RAV-4 models.

by on Feb.10, 2012

The 2007 Toyota Camry faces an investigation into possible fire problems.

As many as 830,000 Toyota sedans and crossovers could be involved as federal safety regulators open an investigation into reports of fires in the driver’s side doors of the maker’s popular Camry sedan and RAV-4 crossover.

Six fires have so far been reported to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the problem appears to be linked to problems with the power window switch in the driver’s door.

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The investigation focuses on Camry and RAV-4 vehicles sold during the 2007 model-year.  It is uncertain whether the problem could expand to other models.  Toyota has a practice of sharing underlying parts and components – such as switches and controls — in a wide variety of products as a result, the maker’s recalls often extend to a number of different models from a particular model-year resulting in extremely large recalls.