A car fire can be catastrophic – leading to explosions, serious burns and fatalities. Although this is an uncommon occurrence, all drivers should understand the main causes of vehicle fires and how to avoid them.
Most car fires involve one or more of these factors:
- Vehicle design flaw;
- Poor maintenance;
- Electric vehicle batteries;
- And spilled fluids.
You can avoid most vehicle fires by performing regular maintenance. Unfortunately, many drivers neglect their vehicles – and other road users suffer the consequences.
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Let’s take a closer look at five common causes of vehicle fires:
- Vehicle Design Flaw
It is not always easy to detect a dangerous design flaw. However, you may be able to prevent injuries and accidents if you monitor vehicle recalls.
If the manufacturer or National Highway Traffic Safety Administration receives reports of a dangerous vehicle defect, then it will issue a recall. You can check if your vehicle has been recalled by visiting SaferCar.gov.
- Poor Maintenance
Many vehicle fires could have been prevented if the owners had performed regular maintenance. Broken parts, faulty wiring and leaky seals can lead to situations that are conducive to fires.
Car accidents are common causes of fires. It takes just a single spark from a collision to start a fire in a vehicle.
A fire is particularly likely when there is a direct impact on the fuel tank. Fortunately, most modern vehicles have crumple zones that protect the gas tank and other vulnerable areas.
- Electric Vehicle Batteries
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According to MIT Technology Review, three Tesla Motors vehicles caught fire in quick succession in 2013, leading to speculation that electric motor vehicles are at a higher risk of fires than regular vehicles. Although there are inherent risks with cars that carry large batteries, fires usually involve a combination of factors.
- Spilled Fluids
Most vehicles contain flammable liquids under the hood. A single spark could cause these fluids to catch fire.
Most fluid-related fires start under the hood, though some, such as those related to fuel and brake fluid, may occur at any point in the vehicle.
In most cases, responsible maintenance and safe driving practices will prevent motor-vehicle fires. However, not all motorists behave responsibly or perform regular maintenance.
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