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NHTSA investigates the power window switches of 2006-07 Chevrolet Trailblazer SUVs

Consumer Reports News: February 13, 2012 11:38 AM

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened an investigation into 2006 and 2007 Chevrolet Trailblazers SUVs. The safety agency has received consumer complaints of the power windows switches on the driver's door melting or burning.

According to NHTSA's Office of Defect Investigations, there have been 12 consumer complaints and other reports from General Motors of the master window switch on the Chevy Trailblazer melting. Several of the consumer complaints report the master power window switches have led to fires in the driver's door. The door fires occurred while the SUVs were running as well when vehicles were left unintended and "key off," according to the NHTSA.

Separately, the NHTSA's ODI recently opened an investigation of 2007 Toyota RAV4 SUVs and Toyota Camry sedans for similar consumer complaints of door fires, also possibly due to power window switches.

Engineers with the ODI and GM will investigate the issue further and determine if an official recall for 2006 and 2007 model year Chevrolet Trailblazer SUVs is warranted.

Consumers can file a vehicle safety complaint with the NHTSA's website,

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

ODI Investigation: 2006-7 Chevrolet Trailblazer - Electrical System      Action #: PE12003 [NHTSA]

Paul Eng

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