The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is expanding its investigation of Toyota window switch fires to include 1.4 million vehicles.
According to the NHTSA, a driver’s door window switch in certain models made between 2007 and 2009 production years can overheat and ignite, prompting 161 complaints with nine reported injuries so far, including one report where a woman and her husband suffered burns.
She said smoke came from the door before she saw flames. Her jacket caught fire, burning her arm before she pulled over and exited the car.
“On instinct I decided to leave the car door open facing the street as I was fearful to close the door, which would further exacerbate the fire. My husband was able to retrieve a piece of clothing from the trunk of the car and used it to put out the fire while sustaining a burn to his hand. I immediately called 911 as they dispatched the fire to department to the scene,” she said.
We first told you about the investigation in February when it was limited to the Camry, Solara and RAV4 models made in 2007. By adding roughly 600,000 more vehicles, the investigation has almost doubled to include Camry models made in all three years, along with the Yaris made at the same time. The 2008 Highlander Hybrid has also been included.
All the vehicles being investigated were made between September of 2006 and August of 2008. This investigation has as yet to lead to a recall, but we’ll keep you updated with the latest on the investigation.