The most recent incidents have involved Subaru vehicles, specifically the Outback and Legacy models. According to one report, a driver was traveling approximately 65 miles per hour in his 2001 Subaru Outback when he smelled something burning in the vehicle. Suddenly, flames erupted out from under the window buttons of the driver-side armrest. A mechanic diagnosed the problem as an electrical short in the wires connected to the side view mirror defroster.
Earlier this year, the NHTSA launched investigations after reports of similar door panel fires in 2006-2007 Chevy Trailblazers and 2007 RAV4 and Camry vehicles from Toyota. According to news reports, investigators are considering the possibility that Chevy and Toyota share a parts supplier that may be to blame for the accidents. It is currently unknown whether Subaru shares the same supplier.
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