Chevrolet Trailblazer: Safety regulators probe door fires

Federal safety investigators have announced their second probe in less than a week involving fires starting in the driver’s side doors of vehicles.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it had opened an investigation into reports of fires in 2006-07 Chevrolet Trailblazers manufactured by General Motors Co.

Last week, the agency said it was looking into the cause of fires in 2007 model year Toyota Camry sedans and RAV-4 sport utility vehicles.

In both cases, the agency said it appeared that the fires started in the power window master switch on the door.

The NHTSA said it has received 12 consumer complaints as well as manufacturer field reports about the melting or burning of the switch in Trailblazers. GM made about 309,000 of the vehicles the NHTSA is reviewing data for.

The agency said several of the complaints have led to driver door fires, including some that occurred while a Trailblazer was in operation and others during periods when the vehicle was parked.

In both the Toyota and GM cases, no injuries or accidents have been reported.

The Toyota investigation involves more than 830,000 vehicles. The Camry is regularly the top-selling passenger car in America; that was the case both in 2007 and last year.


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