Chevy Trailblazer door fire investigation upgraded, over 341,000 vehicles now included

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has announced that they have upgraded their preliminary investigation of the 2006 and 2007 Chevrolet Trailblazer to an engineering analysis while also adding the GMC, Buick, Saab and Isuzu, a move which could lead to a recall of 341,786 vehicles in the US.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opened the preliminary investigation into the 2006 and 2007 Chevrolet Trailblazer sport utility vehicle in February 2012 after receiving 12 complaints that the driver’s side door inners were smoldering. These 12 complaints reported damage to the inner door panel of the driver’s door along with some fire damage to the driver’s seat but luckily, no injuries or deaths were reported as a result of this potential problem. This initial investigation included around 309,000 Chevrolet Trailblazer SUVs from 2006 and 2007. Click here for a closer look at the initial investigation.

Since then, the number of complaints about the fire-prone Chevrolet Trailblazer registered with the NHTSA has ballooned to 83 people, with 66 of them stating that the power window switch module had melted or caught fire while the other 17 reported that their power window operation had become erratic or completely nonfunctional. Out of those 83 reports, 28 consumers experienced a door fire and in an unspecified number of those complaints – the vehicle was not being driven. Even with all of those added incidences of smoke and/or fire, there have still been no injuries or deaths caused by this issue.

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