The government is expanding their investigation into fires that can start in the doors of several Toyota models. This will add an additional 600,000 Camry’s and other vehicles.
When the investigation started in February, it involved more than 800,000 Camrys and RAV4 SUVS from the 2007 year. It now includes more than 1.4 million cars and SUVS between 2007 and 2009 model years.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has said Camry’s from the 2008 and 2009 model years, as well as some 2007 to 2009 Yaris subcompacts and all 2008 Highlander Hybrid SUVs, have been added to the investigation. The vehicles were built from September of 2006 through August of 2008.
The safety agency says power window switches in the driver’s side door can overheat and catch on fire. The problem has caused 161 fires and nine injuries, so far. The vehicles have not been recalled, but the NHTSA has upgraded the investigation which could lead to a recall in the near future.
Federal safety regulators are also investigating a similar problem in 2006 and 2007 Chevrolet TrailBlazer SUVs made by General Motors.
With the General Motor vehicles, originally the investigation included more than 309,000 TrailBlazers from the 2006 and 2007 model years, but the government has said that it’s up to almost 342,000 vehicles now.
NHTSA and GM have received 242 complaints about the problem, which includes 28 vehicle doors actually catching fire. Most of the TrailBlazer fires occurred while the vehicles were moving, but others happened when the engines were off and no one was in the car. There have been no reports of injury.
The government will evaluate other GM vehicles with the same power window switch in the driver’s door. Which include the Buick Rainier, GMC Envoy and Saab 9-7X SUVs. However, GM notes that they have different door configurations than the TrailBlazer.