What Car Defects Can Cause Car Fires?

The most frequent car defects that have been associated with car fires are fuel system or electrical system defects. Additionally, if the vehicle components are not designed to minimize the spreading of fire, the consequences can be even more disastrous. Both electrical and fuel-fed fires are often caused by manufacturing or design defects.

Vehicles are not supposed to spontaneously combust, and if they do, very often this can be a sign of some form of defect. There are 2 main types of vehicle defects that can result in fire and have fatal consequences for vehicle occupants:

  • the gas tank or the fuel system is compromised following a crash;
  • the vehicle components are not designed to minimize the spreading of a possible fire.

Post-collision fires can often be traced to ruptures in the car's fuel lines or gas tank due to faulty design or improper maintenance. Vehicle fires can also be caused by electrical system defects. The majority of car fires originate in the engine compartment, while electrical fires usually begin in or around the dashboard. Fuel-fed fires, on the other hand, often begin under a vehicle or on the street surface below and spread quickly as leaking gasoline ignites. Both electrical and fuel-fed fires are often caused by defective design choices in the automobile or truck at issue.

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