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Safety regulators probe Camry, RAV-4 fires; Nissan recalls Versa

February 11, 2012|By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times

Federal safety regulators have launched an investigation into the cause of fires in 2007 model year Toyota Camry sedans and RAV-4 sport utility vehicles.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opened the probe after receiving six complaints of fires starting in the driver's side door of the vehicles. The agency said it appeared that the fires started in the power window master switch on the door.

The agency said it was looking at about 830,000 vehicles. The Camry is typically the bestselling passenger car in America.

No injuries have been reported and Toyota has not initiated a recall of the vehicles.

Meanwhile, Nissan will recall 39,000 Versa subcompact cars because the transmissions can be shifted out of park without the brake pedal being depressed. That increases the risk of a crash or injury to a nearby pedestrian, according to the NHTSA. No injuries or crashes have been reported.

The 2012 model cars were made from June 9, 2011, through Jan. 13, 2012, and sold in the U.S. and Canada.

Federal safety regulations require that a car cannot be shifted into gear unless a driver is depressing the brake pedal.

jerry.hirsch@latimes.com

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