Toyota is taking some heat as federal safety groups investigate reports
of fires in the driver's side doors of the company's 2007 Toyota
Camry sedans and RAV-4 crossover SUVs. According to the National Highway
Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), as many as 830,000 vehicles could
be affected, though an official recall has yet to be issued.
Accounts claim that fires have started in the power window switch, located
in vehicles' drive side doors. The NHTSA launched an investigation
on February 6, 2012 after six incidents were reported – one in which
the entire vehicle was consumed in flames. There are no reports of any
injuries as a result of the fires.
The investigation has the potential for significant repercussions for the
automaker since the Camry has remained one of the top-selling cars in
the U.S. and the company's RAV-4 is a popular model. In December,
the 2012 Camry received a five-star safety rating from the National Highway
Traffic Safety Administration, the agency’s top rating.
The current investigation also includes Toyota's Solara – a coupe
version of the Camry. Toyota is currently the top-selling automobile in
Hawaii according to the Hawaii Automobile Dealers.
In a statement, Toyota has said that it is cooperating with NHTSA in the
investigation and that concerned customers should call Toyota at
Over the last three years, Toyota's reputation has come under fire
due to a large string of recalls that include more than 14 million vehicles
worldwide. Most recently, in November 2011, Toyota issued a voluntary
recall for the company's V6 models which had a faulty crankshaft pulley.
The recall affected an estimated 283,200 Toyota and 137,000 Lexus vehicles
nationwide. For more information on this recall, read our articlehttps://www.lyslaw.com/2011/11/toyota-recalls-420000-us-cars/.