NHTSA expands Toyota fire probe

June 18, 2012 12:00 AM

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has expanded a safety investigation into the Toyota Camry, according to Reuters.

The safety organization was previously looking into the vehicle after receiving several reports that it may catch on fire. The group has now expanded its probe into the vehicle, calling for an engineering analysis of Camrys made between 2007 and 2009. Some 1.4 million cars could potentially be affected by the problem, according to the group. The initial investigation included approximately 800,000 cars.

The issue is thought to be linked to the power window controls, according to the news source. All of the vehicles have the same power window master switch.

Nine injuries have been linked to the fires, according to the NHTSA, with no deaths. Approximately 161 crashes or fires thought to be related to the problem have been reported.

While a manufacturing flaw can't be helped from the owner's perspective, those who have a vehicle can reduce their chance of an accident by keeping up with scheduled maintenance. Regular brake service and inflating all tires properly can help drivers avoid an incident on the road.

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