Federal safety regulators are investigating reports of fires in the driver’s side doors of 2007 Toyota Camry sedans and RAV-4 crossover SUVs. The probe could affect as many as 830,000 vehicles, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Documents relating to the probe were posted on the agency’s website. The vehicles have not been recalled. The fires appear to start in the power window switch on the door. Six fires have been reported to NHTSA, but the agency has no reports of anyone being hurt. The investigation by NHTSA was started on February 6th.
Toyota said in a statement that it is cooperating with NHTSA in the investigation. Customers with concerns should call Toyota at (800) 331-4331. Toyota has had more than 14 million vehicles recalled worldwide over the past few years. Most of the six fires were minor with damage limited to the doors, but a Camry was destroyed in one case, according to complaints filed with NHTSA. Several owners reported that they were afraid to drive their vehicles because of the threat of fires. In one case, on Nov. 19, 2011, a Camry owner reported seeing flames coming from the door right after starting the car. Firefighters were called, but the car was reported destroyed, the complaint said.
A RAV4 owner reported that in August of last year, the master power window switch caught fire, burning a hole the size of a dime. The owner had been having trouble with the power window since July of 2009. Names and locations are not listed on the complaints.
The Camry has been the top-selling car in the U.S. The RAV-4 also is a big seller. The probe also includes the Solara, which is a coupe version of the Camry. Toyota sold 473,108 Camrys and 172,752 RAV-4s in 2007, according to Autodata Corp. Some 2007 models may have been sold in 2006.
Source: Fox News
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