US safety regulators are focusing even closer on approximately 1.4 million rides from Toyota Motor Corp., with their eyes peeled for a possible increased fire risk in those vehicles, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. This expanded probe will also comprise of Toyota’s best-selling Camry sedan from model years 2007 to 2009. It seems that even probes that “sniff” around do have their fair share of hierarchy – this one has been upgraded to an “engineering analysis” from a standard issue “preliminary investigation”. Eventually, it might lead to a recall if things are found out to go sour, but many a time has an engineering analysis get closed sans a recall.
So far, there has been an alarmingly high rate of fire reports for Toyota models built from September 2006 to August 2008, as that range come with a similar power window master switch design. So far, nine injuries and 161 crashes or fires have been reported to either NHTSA or Toyota, but thankfully, none of them have resulted in deaths – which is something worth avoiding. The expanded probe will cover the 2007-2009 model year Camry, Camry Hybrid, RAV4 and Yaris vehicles, in addition to the 2008 Highlander Hybrid SUV.
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