Toyota Door Fires Investigated
Toyota Rav4 and Camry Suffering from Door Fires
Our Toyota product defect attorneys have their hands full with a potentially deadly defect surfacing across the country. Currently, 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 massive probe could affect as many as 830,000 vehicles, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Friday in documents posted on its website. The vehicles have not yet been recalled, but the investigation continues.
These spontaneous fires appear to start in the power window switch on the door. Six fires have been reported to the agency, but NHTSA has no reports of anyone being hurt. The agency said it started the investigation on Monday. With over 830,000 vehicles using the switch currently on the road, the possibilities for more widespread problems and failures are manifest.
Negligent Manufacturers under Fire
Toyota's reputation has taken a major hit over the past three years due to a string of massive recalls that have ballooned to more than 14 million vehicles worldwide. Millions were recalled for acceleration problems, and Toyota replaced floor mats that can trap gas pedals. Additionally, they have corrected pedal assemblies that can stick and cause cars to take off by surprise.
Still, the latest investigation is troubling for the automaker because the Camry is consistently is the top-selling car in the U.S., and 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. Some 2007 models may have been sold in late 2006.
Toyota Product Liability Attorneys
If you drive one of the vehicles under investigation and have additional questions, Toyota encourages you to check the recall alerts from the NHTSA for further information. In the meantime, we also suggest contacting a Toyota product liability lawyer at 949-203-3814 or fill out our contact form for suggestions and directions as this problem unfolds.