Wednesday, February 22, 2012

US door fires in 2006-2007 TrailBlazer probes

DETROIT - Federal safety regulators investigate fires in side doors of the driver of the Chevy TrailBlazer, the second probe in a week.

The latest study includes more than 309,000 TrailBlazer SUVs from model years 2006 and 2007. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which started fires in the window switch or similar electrical parts, said Monday.

The Agency opened the first probe last week similar problems with the 2007 Toyota Camry sedan and RAV4 small crossover SUV. The TrailBlazer investigation began Thursday.

All three vehicles under investigation are very popular. No one has called back were.

Still, the TrailBlazer was in the United States in 2009 expire under GM top sellers. The Camry was the best-selling car in the United States in 2007 and last year.

The Agency has 12 smoke or fire in TrailBlazer complaints. No injuries reported fire, destroyed the SUV maker, says General Motors co. None of the vehicles, which began was, although some parts door melted and members were scorched, says the automaker.

Several of the TrailBlazer fires happen while the SUVs were moved. Others occurred, as the machines were out and the vehicles were unattended.

In a lawsuit filed with NHTSA, by 29 October 2008, a woman reported that the alert is triggered, while 2006 TrailBlazer was parked it in their driveway. If she looked outside, she saw the SUV burst into flames. Firefighters put out the fire and told her that it started in the driver's door.

"The fire burned the entire driver's side of the vehicle, part of the passenger seat and the roof," she wrote.

GM believes that the condition on the model years is limited in 2006 and 2007. This is the change because of the parts model year 2006, which lasted until the end of 2007 model, spokesman Alan says Adler.

A NHTSA spokeswoman said that the Agency is in the process to find out who, when GM and Toyota Motor Corp. have switch from the same parts manufacturers, and they had other vehicles.

Neither GM nor Toyota would identify supply companies its parts because the investigation under way is.

Three other GM vehicles built on the same chassis as the pioneer have the same window power button, but no fires have been reported in the Buick Ranier, GMC Envoy, and Saab 9-X, Adler said. Other different door configurations as pioneer have, he said.

Every TrailBlazer owner, burning smells plastic or whose Windows no longer work, it should be said your dealer contact.

The TrailBlazer helped in the early 2000s in the United States to make popular truck-based SUVs. The SUV was replaced traverse, the more efficient Chevrolet more, that is built on a car chassis. GM sold 309.423 trailblazer in 2006 and 2007.

Six Camry and RAV4 fires have been reported to NHTSA, but there were no reports of injuries. Most of the fires were limited to minor damage to the doors, but a Camry was in a case, depending on the conditions that destroyed with NHTSA.

The Toyota study includes more than 830,000 vehicles.

GM and Toyota said they are together in the investigation with NHTSA.

GM fell share to close 17 cents to $25.33. Toyota shares rose 52 cents to $78.91 to close.

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