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309,000 Chevrolet Trailblazers are currently under investigation for possible fires on the driver’s side doors of the vehicles.
The affected model years are 2006 and 2007, the fires seem to be caused by the driver’s side power window switch or related electrical parts.
A dozen complaints have been filed with National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 10 of which involved fires. GM said that the fires have only melted door parts and singed seats, but haven’t destroyed the SUVs entirely, if that’s any consolation. No injuries have been reported either.
The Trailblazer investigation comes hot on the heels of a similar probe for the 2007 Toyota Camry and RAV4. We haven’t confirmed yet whether or not GM and Toyota used the same supplier for the switches.
It actually makes sense, considering that Chevrolet reportedly has no plans to bring the Trailblazer to North America as of today. Instead, building a new Envoy and letting GMC sell it exclusively would add another formidable midsize SUV to the truck brand. In the recent years, GMC has launched the new Terrain and some revised HD trucks, but that’s about it. Bringing back the Envoy could give GMC some attention and a unique product that fits into their truck brand.
GALLERY: 2013 Chevy Trailblazer Concept
[Source: GM Inside News]
Images taken at a Chevrolet press event held in India recently reportedly reveal the design of an upcoming Chevrolet TrailBlazer Concept, confirming Chevrolet’s intentions of bringing back the Trailblazer moniker for 2013. The revamped Trailblazer will feature a body-on-frame SUV based off of the new Colorado.
The 2013 Trailblazer will be available in both rear-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive models, looking to fight it out against the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Toyota 4Runner. GM has already confirmed the return of the Trailblazer, but has yet to say if, like the Colorado, it will be offered in the U.S.