NHTSA investigating about 1.4 million Toyota vehicles for electrical fire risk

Article by Christian Andrei, on June 19, 2012

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said that because of a potential fire risk, it is closely examining about 1.4 million Toyota Motor Corp vehicles. The probe has been expanded to include the 2007 to 2009 models of the Camry sedan as well as the Camry Hybrid, 2008 Highlander Hybrid SUV, RAV4 and Yaris vehicles.

Last February, the NHTSA opened an investigation into around 830,000 units of the model year 2007 Camry and RAV4 vehicles. The agency said that this move, which was made last Monday, expanded the probe to 1,424,747 vehicles. The investigation got an upgrade from a preliminary investigation to an engineering analysis.

Typically, the NHTSA closes engineering analyses without announcing a recall. On the NHTSA’s web site, it stated that there were rising reports that fires occurred at Toyota models produced from September 2006 to August 2008.

These all use the same power window master switch design. To date, no deaths were reported. However, there have been 9 injuries from a total of 161 crashes or fires. The agency said that among the vehicles covered in this probe, there had been another 49 warranty claims of fires or "thermal events.”

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