What Are the Top 10 Causes of Vehicle Fires? (Part 2)

In What Are the Top 10 Causes of Vehicle Fires? (Part 1), I discussed the possible dangers of design flaws, poor maintenance, more. There are other factors that contribute to vehicle fires. Once your car is engulfed in fire, there’s nothing you can do. You can’t just risk your life to save your car from burning!

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So, knowing the possible factors can help you avoid potential fires.

Possible Arson

  • You might think, Arson is a crime, right? Why would someone set their car on fire? Well, you’d be surprised many people burn purposely burn cars.
  • This is to to cover up other crimes such as theft, murder, insurance fraud, and other heinous acts. Perhaps, it could be a typical case of vandalism. Whatever the reason is, arson is done to cover up another criminal acts.
  • Take note that setting a car on fire is easier than you think. The challenge, however, is to be undetected. An arsonist can combine several fire starters in order to accomplish the task. No way, I am promoting such acts, but I’m telling you that some people may deliberately burn cars.

Overworked Catalytic Converter

  • One of the hottest car parts is the exhaust system. It runs the whole time the car is switched on. That’s why this part is often overlooked. Generally, because catalytic converters working too hard, they are prone to overheating.
  • When the car’s engine isn’t functioning well, it won’t be able to properly burn the fuel and it ends up exhausting the resources. Therefore, the cat has to work hard to do its job, and it will be hotter than usual.
  • An overworked catalytic converter can be as hot as 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit. When it works hard, it won’t just cause long-term damage, but it will also damage the surrounding parts of the catalytic converter.
  • Don’t get me wrong, cars are created to withstand high temperatures, but it won’t be able consistently adapt to hot environments. If the catalytic converter gets too hot, fire could spark in cabin insulation.

Electric Cars

  • When the public knew about the Tesla Model S, the public –including the media– dubbed it as the safest car. However, in 2013, a Tesla Model S car was reported to be on fire. The fully electric Model S was supposed to be immune to any battery-related problems, but a Tesla Model S, running at high speeds, hit a foreign object and damaged the battery. The next thing that happened, the car was on fire.
  • From 2011 to 2012, Chevy Volt became a news items when the test vehicles caught fire on its routine impact testing. Federal investigators mentioned of a leaking coolant.
  • These incidents were a cause of concern for many people. A lot of commuters expressed their worry about using hybrid and electric batteries. Honestly, you can’t blame the public because potential new designs could potentially create new problems. It will take a long time before these incidents disappear from the public consciousness.

More discussed on: What Are the Top 10 Causes of Vehicle Fires? (Part 3)