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NHTSA expands investigation into Toyota car window fires

Consumer Reports News: June 18, 2012 04:08 PM

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has expanded its investigation into consumer complaints of fires and "thermal event incidents" with various model years of Toyota Camry and Yaris cars and Highlander and RAV4 SUVs.

The probe by NHTSA's Office of Defects Investigation (ODI) now involves the 2007-2009 model Toyota Yaris, Toyota RAV4 and Toyota Camry, including the gas-electric hybrid version. Also included in the ODI probe is the 2008 Toyota Highlander Hybrid SUV.

As with ODI's ongoing investigation of 2007 Toyota RAV4 and Camry vehicles, it is believed that the vehicles' master power window door switch could be involved in the reported incidents of fires in the cars' doors. While this switch is believed to be used in the more than 1.4 million vehicles now being investigated, neither the NHTSA nor Toyota Motors has determined if a broader vehicle recall is needed.

For more information, check out our post: How to write a NHTSA complaint—and make it useful.

ODI Investigation - 2007-09 Toyota Camry/Camry HV/RAV4/Yaris 2008 Toyota Highlander Hybrid - Electrical fires Action #: EA12006 [NHTSA]

Paul Eng


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