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Feds upgrade Toyota door fire investigation, expanding to over 1.4 million vehicles

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has upgraded their investigation relating to possible fire hazards in the door of select Toyota vehicles to an engineering analysis, while also adding new models years and a large spread of popular models that could potentially be included in a recall – a recall that could reach over 1.4 million vehicles.

The NHTSA originally launched the investigation in February as they were looking to see if the 2007 model year Toyota Camry and Toyota RAV4 had a chance of catching fire. That investigation has been upgraded to an engineering analysis, often the last step before a mandated recall, while also adding vehicles from the 2008 and 2009 model year. The engineering analysis now covers the Camry, Camry Hybrid, RAV4, and Yaris from 2007 through 2009 along with the 2008 Toyota Highlander Hybrid. The original investigation covered around 830,000 vehicles but the engineering analysis phase has been expanded to include 1,424,747 vehicles in the United States. The vehicles included were built between September 2006 and August 2008.

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