Regulators investigating fires in Chevy TrailBlazer doors

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Fire in the door

DETROIT — Federal safe­­ty regulators are investigating fires in the driver’s side doors of Chevy TrailBlazers, the second such probe in a week.

The latest inquiry involves more than 309,000 TrailBlazer SUVs from the 2006-07 model years. The fires began in the power window switch or related electrical parts, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said.

The agency opened the first probe into similar problems with the 2007 Toyota Camry sedan and RAV4 small crossover SUV.

None of the three vehicles under investigation has been recalled.

The TrailBlazer, although phased out in the U.S. in 2009, was among GM’s top-sellers. The Camry was the best-selling car in 2007 and last year.

The agency has received 12 complaints of smoke or fires in TrailBlazers. No injuries have been reported, says the maker, General Motors Co. None of vehicles that caught fire was destroyed, although some door parts melted and seats were singed, the automaker says.

Several of the TrailBlazer fires began while the SUVs were moving. Others occurred when the engines were off and the vehicles were unattended.

A NHTSA spokeswoman said the agency is in the process of finding out if GM and Toyota Motor Corp. got switches from the same parts maker, and if any other vehicles had them.

Three other GM SUVs built on the same undercarriages have the same power window switches, but no fires have been reported in the Buick Ranier, GMC Envoy or Saab 9-7X.

Nissan recall

DETROIT — Nissan is recalling 39,000 of its 2012 Versa small cars because the transmissions can be shifted out of park without the driver’s foot on the brake.

Federal safety regula­tions require that a foot be on the brake before a car can be shifted into gear.

Nissan said it will replace the shifter knob for free and make sure the car works properly. The problem affects cars with automatic and continuously variable transmissions.

– Associated Press


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