The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has grown its investigation into certain Toyota models to cover a full 1.4 million cars and trucks. Reuters reports the government safety agency has upgraded the investigation to a full-blown engineering analysis, which may eventually lead to a recall. NHTSA has received a number of complaints concerning fires tied to models built between September 2006 and August 2008 that use the same power window master switch design. All told, customers have reported nine injuries and 161 crashes or fires, though no deaths have been tied to the issue.

The analysis covers 2007-2009 Camry, Camry Hybrid, RAV4 and Yaris models as well as 2008 Highlander Hybrid crossover. Back in February, NHTSA opened an investigation into 830,000 Camry and RAV4 units, though today's announcement grows that number to over 1.4 million models.


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      iESmedia
      • 2 Years Ago
      I just have to say, after looking through the comments section, many people either can't comprehend what's written in the post, or they're below the average reading level/don't read at all. This is just my personal opinion though.
      scoobysnaxxnj
      • 2 Years Ago
      Bet they recall all these Toyotas and FINE them again. Yet my Chevy Trailblazer caught fire and burnt my house half down. Guaranteed the government says they find nothing wrong with the Chevy's. I guess thats America these days, recall SCIONS for incorrect owners manuals, yet find nothing wrong with my American metal that burnt my house half down.
        Steve
        • 2 Years Ago
        @scoobysnaxxnj
        Whats the matter? Angry that you always have to take your Toyota to the dealership to get repaired. Toyota should have a special, after 3 recalls they buy you dinner to ease the pain from always taking to the shop. I doubt you have a Trailblazer......
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Steve
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        merlot066
        • 2 Years Ago
        @scoobysnaxxnj
        Perhaps you missed the article earlier this morning about how the government is expanding the investigation of Trailblazers. See, they pick on the American cars first and give Toyotas a break.
          merlot066
          • 2 Years Ago
          @merlot066
          I was being sarcastic. Go back to driving your sh!tbox Corollas. -9 hahaha
        Jonathan
        • 2 Years Ago
        @scoobysnaxxnj
        Stop with the bs ! I've had the window switches catch fire in concept cars at least 50 times and there is no flame it only produces a lot of smoke . And it also melts the interior door panel if it is plastic . Must have been cool to see smoke burn half your house down . I'm sorry but it is impossible for a house to be burned down by smoke . There is an example of what happens when the door window switches catch fire on here . Lincoln had the window switches catch fire on their MKZ concept . Sad that trolls like you are pathetic and make up stories like this one .
      • 2 Years Ago
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        Steve
        • 2 Years Ago
        Sorry your Toyota is going to be recalled again. Maybe you need to just keep it at the dealership for the next recall. Not with the UAW. Never have and never will. But my domestics ALWAYS last over 200k miles before I sell them and buy another car. I doubt Toyota's are bullet proof..... Toyota's are definetly not fire proof!
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        sirjaysmith
        • 2 Years Ago
        erm, one of my shitboxes made by the big 3 has 150k miles on it and still going.... I just sold another POS shitbox made by the big 3 with 230k miles and it is still going today. LOL at all these parrots thinking they have a brain when they defend toyota.
      v8eater
      • 2 Years Ago
      How much do you want to bet that the master power window switch was supplied by an american company just like the brake pedals that were faulty. The brake pedals from Japan were fine...hmm weird.
        Steve
        • 2 Years Ago
        @v8eater
        If you were talking about Toyota's sudden acceleration problem, it wasn't the brake pedal, it was the accelerator pedal. Toyota's fix was the "high tech" metal shim. And I am pretty sure the accelerator pedals came from Canada. Did Toyota have a brake problem recently???? It wouldn't surprise me because we know all about Toyota quality. LOL!!!!
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Steve
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          Steve
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Steve
          8=Deater, You must work for Toyota because that is the way Toyota works, always deny responsibility and blame it on the stupid Toyota owners...... You are wrong that they were built in Indiana or Illinois. The supplier (CTS Automotive) is based out of Indiana but they were built in a facitity in Canada. We cannot blame the workers in Canada because of a Toyota design of the accelerator system. I know you want to blame the American worker in some way but it is falling apart on you fast. Your Toyota is probably falling apart too!
          Walt
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Steve
          It doesn't mater who makes the part. Toyota is responsible for ensuring that all parts they bolt on their vehicles meet their quality standards. At the point a part is bolted on a Toyota, it becomes a Toyota part, regardless of who made it. And yes, defective Toyota accelerator pedals where made in the U.S. - by a Toyota subsidiary!
          sirjaysmith
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Steve
          you mean driving around just fine with no issues what-so-ever? You can't even pinpoint which state they're made in (if they are) so your statements have -0- credibility.
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        @v8eater
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      scoobysnaxxnj
      • 2 Years Ago
      BTW anyone own a Caddy CTS that blew airbags going around a sharp bend???
        • 2 Years Ago
        @scoobysnaxxnj
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        caddy-v
        • 2 Years Ago
        @scoobysnaxxnj
        I have a CTS-V that I took a friend that owns a Camry for a ride to the country club and upon accelerating around a curve he blew his lunch.
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      USMC
      • 2 Years Ago
      I have no issues with your opinions about Toyota. I happen to love my 4Runner. After owing several domestic cars there is no doubt that my Toyota has been far more reliable than anything I’ve owned. A couple of points: This is an investigation, as stated in this article many of these investigations are cleared without a recall. http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/breaking/chi-nhtsa-widens-toyota-fire-probe-20120618,0,5725769.story Let’s not forget the 5.1 million Jeeps, the Chevy Trailblazer (and the other clones spawned from GM), the Chevy Cruze, BMW/Mini, and many others under fire investigation. Let’s not forget the cruise control fiasco with Ford resulting in a 4.5 million vehicles recalled due to a fire risk. Heck ford is still having issues with 1.9 million Taurus being investigated for sticky throttles resulting in their cruise control. The truth is, $hit happens and it happens to everyone one of us and every auto manufacture. I am not going to say Toyota is perfect, they aren’t. But many people here write out of context with obvious bias. That’s fine, but it you’re going to try to post facts, support your claim. Example, V8easter makes a statement about the window switches being made here in USA. Shawn, obvious limited on intellect, responds saying a little research shows the switch were made in China. Wrong Shawn, Toyota had an issue with China made switches for vehicles manufacture in China. The root cause was a spray used by dealers. The current probe is a result of American made window switches made by TRAM in Michigan. This was the supplier for American made Toyotas. Please see page 12 of the below document. This probe does not include imports to the US from Japan but if it did the window switches would have been made in Japan by Tokai Rika. http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/acms/cs/jaxrs/download/doc/UCM420060/INRL-PE12002-51120P.pdf Anyway, say what you want, my Toyota has 300k miles on it and runs great! We loved our Tacos in Afghanistan so much it became the chosen vehicle for Marine, Army and Navy Special Forces. They were far more reliable and durable than our domestic cars.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @USMC
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        John Montgomery
        • 2 Years Ago
        @USMC
        So true. Our Tundra, Venza, and FJ are all flawless!
        Julius
        • 2 Years Ago
        @USMC
        "We loved our Tacos in Afghanistan so much it became the chosen vehicle for Marine, Army and Navy Special Forces. They were far more reliable and durable than our domestic cars." Pretty sad statement about manufacturing in America that our military has to rely on foreign weapons systems now...
        Steve
        • 2 Years Ago
        @USMC
        I have a friend who was in the Marine Corp and was in Iraq twice. He said that USMC did not use Toyota trucks..... What were they used for and where did they use them? He is very interested in your repsonse....
          USMC
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Steve
          Again, go back to school and PLEASE learn reading comprehension. I never said anything about Iraq, I was talking about Afghanistan. Maybe you’re friend wasn’t good enough to make Recon. Judging by your comments, no one who associates with you is worth a damn. You make derogatory comments based on a vehicle someone likes. Anyway, to answer your question, read these links. But like you said a little research you would have been able to figure this out. Kinda like how you ran your mouth about the part being investigated by the NHSTA coming from China when it was made here in the good ole USA. Do us a favor stop posting on here. Your ignorance is beyond comprehension. http://www.militaryphotos.net/forums/showthread.php?57724-Toyota-A-Stan-and-special-forces/page21 http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/2010/10/14/why-rebel-groups-love-the-toyota-hilux.html http://www.autoblog.com/2010/10/14/newsweek-investigates-why-rebel-groups-always-seem-to-be/ One of the best quotes from a US Army Ranger: “It’s the vehicular equivalent of the AK-47. It’s ubiquitous to insurgent warfare. And actually, recently, also counterinsurgent warfare. It kicks the hell out of the Humvee”
          USMC
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Steve
          I meant "your" not you're
          USMC
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Steve
          I apologize I got you and Shawn mixed up. I never meant any disrespect to others who have served. The Tacos were primarily used for SOCOM, CIA, and other Special Forces units. That's what I meant about the Recon comment. I'm telling you, Toyotas were awesome in the desert. Much more durable and reliable than anything else we used. It wasn't just insurgents using them. Just like our side arms, HK or Sig neither were American made. We got to use the best equipment and the Tacos were definitely one of them.
          Steve
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Steve
          Thanks for the info. I wasn't aware Taco's were used like that. I say whatever brand of equipment that our fighting men and women need to get the job done and to do so in the safest manner for them is the best.
          Steve
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Steve
          No offense taken. Sorry if I offended you any. Enjoy your week too.
        jtav2002
        • 2 Years Ago
        @USMC
        Good post, but pointless since people don't care about the facts unfortunately, it's just much easier to spew out bias nonsense. It is ironic, however that everyone condemns people for not buying vehicles from American companies, and the windows switches in this case are made by an American company. My Tacoma has been trouble free so far, knock on wood. And I'm not a Toyota fanboy by any stretch, I buy the vehicle I like regardless of who makes it. I've owned domestic in the past, would do so again, as would I foreign. The anti this and anti that trolls are really getting out of hand.
      mikemaj82
      • 2 Years Ago
      lol, and people are still buying them today.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @mikemaj82
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          v8eater
          • 2 Years Ago
          Please tell which vehicle sold in the U.S has the highest U.S parts content? Right, shut your mouth.
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      carfan
      • 2 Years Ago
      i hope this company will go to hell and bankrupt soon...I'm sick and tired of reading every week about a toyota recall BTW, are there any more morons out there who still buy these death traps? When will you brainwashed sleepwalkers wake up and realize that you are endangering the general public with your horrible contraptions.. In case of an accident caused by a toyota, besides the manufacturer, the owner should be sued also for knowingly driving a dangerous mashine and as such being negligent and irresponsible.
        jtav2002
        • 2 Years Ago
        @carfan
        So, are you going to employ every American worker that loses their job if Toyota would go under?
          carfan
          • 2 Years Ago
          @jtav2002
          no they will be hired by other manufacturers
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      RUNRUNRUN@ilikeelectronics.com
      Toyot'as are selling really well. Guess it was time for Ray "The Hood" Lahood to bad moth the company again.
        Steve
        • 2 Years Ago
        @RUNRUNRUN@ilikeelectronics.com
        You can take off your tin foil hat..... Is Ray Lahood going around setting Toyota's on fire when they are being driven around?
          v8eater
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Steve
          You have absolutely no idea what your talking about. Toyota does not import the Rav4 or Matrix. Plus Prius production will be moved to the U.S. soon.
          Steve
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Steve
          The Toyota RAV4 is built in Woodstock, Ontario, Canada. Did it just move? The Toyota Matrix (the last I heard) was also built in Canada. All Prius models are imported from Japan. They have been talking about building them in the USA but we will see if that happens....
        • 2 Years Ago
        @RUNRUNRUN@ilikeelectronics.com
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      carfan
      • 2 Years Ago
      another day, another POS asian recall
        Bruce Lee
        • 2 Years Ago
        @carfan
        Except it's not a recall? The NHTSA has ongoing investigations with just about every manufacturer. http://www.autoblog.com/2012/06/08/nhtsa-opens-safety-investigations-into-toyota-gm-and-honda-cros/ http://www.autoblog.com/2012/04/27/nhtsa-upgrades-investigation-into-ford-freestar-mercury-montere/ http://www.autoblog.com/2012/06/14/nhtsa-now-probing-over-5m-jeep-models-over-fuel-tanks/ None of which are recalls. Quit being a dumbass.
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