Car Recalls Possible as Industry Ablaze with Buzz with Complaints About Toyota Side Door Fires

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DETROIT – Car recalls have already started fire this year as Ford was brought into the open about possible garage fires involving Escapes, Freestars and Mercury Montereys.

[Rewind: Ford Catches Fire for All the Wrong Reasons; Car Recalls Announced]

Now, the eye of fire has turned to another major car company: Toyota Motor Corp. Currently, U.S. safety regulators have opened a preliminary investigation to check on consumer complaints that have been received about certain Toyota models.

There are two models being looked at by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) due to the complaints:
  • 2007 Toyota Camry
  • 2007 Toyota RAV4

The pre-investigation started due to consumer complaints of the driver side doors setting on fire in these mentioned vehicles. There are an estimated 830,000 vehicles that have the possibility of being affected by these fire problems that may be added to the car recalls should they be initiated.

It seems as though, based on available information for the NHTSA, the fires may be "originating from the power window master switch located on the driver's side door." More work on the issues needs to be further investigated to see what scenarios may be causing the inside door fires.

Toyota Motor Corp has stated that it will wait for more information for the NHTSA before it responds to the possibility of a recall.

"Toyota received the Preliminary Evaluation Opening Resume for the 2007 RAV4 and Camry on February 7. However, we have not received an information request from the NHTSA. Toyota will fully cooperate with the agency in its efforts to investigate these allegations," Toyota Motor Corp said in an email statement, according to MSNBC.

Until the NHTSA makes its final decision, there will be no car recalls initiated. Check back with MI Auto Times,, to follow the story.

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