The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened an investigation concerning door fires on 2006-07 Chevrolet TrailBlazer models. The inquiry affects over 309,000 of the Chevy SUVs, with NHTSA stating that the door fires were caused by problems with the power window switches or some related electrical parts.

As of this writing, NHTSA has received 12 complaints from TrailBlazer owners about smoke or fires inside the vehicles, and thankfully, no injuries have been reported. According to The Detroit News, General Motors has stated that none of the TrailBlazers in question have been destroyed because of the fires, though some interior parts were melted and some seats were singed.

If this story sounds familiar, it's because NHTSA recently began investigating Toyota Camry and RAV4 models for this exact same reason, with some 830,000 Toyota vehicles possibly affected. Because of this, NHTSA is looking to see if General Motors and Toyota sourced the power window switches from the same parts supplier. If that's the case, other vehicles may be affected.

The Chevrolet TrailBlazer shares its power window switches with three other GM vehicles – the GMC Envoy, Buick Rainier and Saab 9-7X – though NHTSA has not received any complaints from owners of those vehicles, The Detroit News reports. A spokesperson from GM says these other vehicles have different door configurations, and thus, may not have any problems.

GM has said it intends to fully cooperate with NHTSA on the investigation. Of course, it's important to note that this isn't an official recall yet, but one may be issued pending the results of NHTSA's inquiry. In the meantime, owners experiencing any problems should contact their local dealership.


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      Dark Gnat
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      This is likely a part supplier issue, as the GM and Toyota vehicles in question are around the same year. It's also very common for GM, Toyota (and Ford, Chrysler, Honda, etc) to source the same part suppliers.
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      Famsert
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      Omg Toyotas are the worse! Jap crap ricers need to go home! USA USA USA! Oh wait...
      imtoomuch1
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is for all the idiots (Toyota trolls) who claim it's the US Government fault's and not Toyota's. Look, the US "government" is even attacking GM (Government Motors to these same idiots/Toyota trolls). Can you guys shut up now?
        Sukairain
        • 2 Years Ago
        @imtoomuch1
        ..... what does this have anything to do with Toyota? You do realize these vehicles are all built in the US? Toyota or GM. Fool
          WillieD
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Sukairain
          He was pointing out that certain people in the Toyota recall article were saying it was the government making up stuff since it was Toyota. But now that GM is having a similar recall their argument is not valid (not that it was before).
          jtav2002
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Sukairain
          But the domestic people arguments are NEVER valid. That's the worse part in all of this. Everyone just spouts out the same misinformation because they don't understand how the auto industry and basic economics work. As far as the built here vs assembled here. Thats only true for foreign vehicles with mostly foreign sourced parts being built here. Most the foreign cars built here are in fact MANUFACTURED here and not assembled because they use high domestic parts content. Everyone wants to mentioned the manufactured vs assembled argument when they don't even understand what it means or know the facts behind what cars use what percentage of foreign or domestic parts.
          rlog100
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          @Sukairain
          Assembled is a better word than built for Toyota's stuff. And they're not even all assembled here at that. Nice myth to propogate though.
        imtoomuch1
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        @imtoomuch1
        Thank you WillieD. These guys are idiots, especially Suckassrape.
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      techie69
      • 2 Years Ago
      Don't do it like Toyota, work with the American and outside suppliers to solve issues, use Nissan's approach, blame it on the suppliers! Oh wait, Nissan copied from Ford's Playbook, my mistake.
      sysadm1n
      • 2 Years Ago
      The GM fanboy excuses are COMEDY.
      NightFlight
      • 2 Years Ago
      Let's see the same moronic people come defend this one. The Camry article's comment section was out of control.
        Jim
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        @NightFlight
        lol.. Wow 43 comments!! Where did the Government Motors fans run off to? Wow, a truly pathetic showing from the GM fanboys.
        jtav2002
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        @NightFlight
        You know how it will turn out. It will get a pass because it's American. the issue being bad yesterday will end up not being so serious, and the Toyota acceleration thing will again come up.
      caddy-v
      • 2 Years Ago
      To my dearest unfortunate Toyophiles of whom I suspect are anxiously awaiting a response from the number 1 Toyota hater (in reality it's only an intervention aimed at relieving them of a very serious brain disorder called "cronic boredom toyotacis"). Newsflash: Toyota and some models of GM use the exact same supplier with a Toyota design. http://www.product-reviews.net/2012/02/14/gm-ponders-06-07-chevrolet-trailblazer-recall/ Bwahahaha
        caddy-v
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        @caddy-v
        So solly, I should'nt bring up Toyota in a story about Chevy. NOT! http://www.globallabourrights.org/admin/reports/files/TOYOTA_JAPAN_FINAL_WEB.pdf
        techie69
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        @caddy-v
        You are a complete idiot, the parts supplier that don't fail are the ones shared, of course you are an outsider looking in from a manufacturing stand point! If even understood the machinations of which suppliers are shared and which aren't, you wouldn't be spewing your bullshit! Also, GM uses Japanese suppliers that are also not shared with Toyota, hence them improving on their lousy quality reputation.
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