Texas Car Fires Caused by Vehicle Defects
- May 8, 2013
- Car Accidents
The U.S. Fire Administration conducted research that looked at the primary causes of vehicle fires, and the results might surprise you.
Many people assume that cars, trucks, and SUVs only catch fire when they are involved in an accident, but that’s not true. Most highway vehicle fires are caused by mechanical or design issues.
In fact, according to the research report, mechanical failure or malfunction accounts for approximately two-thirds of all vehicle fires that occur on a roadway. The second most common cause is arson, which accounts for fewer than one out of every five vehicle fires.
Types of mechanical or design problems that can cause vehicle fires include:
- Broken fuel lines
- Faulty catalytic converters
- Electrical failures
- Blown tires
How Vehicle Fires Start
The most common material that ignites, causing a vehicle fire, is electrical wiring, followed closely by fuel. Upholstered seats, gas or another flammable liquid in a pipe or container, and tires are all lower on the list of materials that ignite and start a car fire.
Vehicle fires are fairly common, accounting for one of every four fire department responses. Not only are they common, but they also are exceedingly dangerous. Fires that begin after a car crash are the primary cause of vehicle-related deaths.
Our Dallas car defect attorneys know too well the terrible damage car fires can do. As the report states, fires are most often caused by a defect in the vehicle. Many of these defects can be traced back to a manufacturing problem in either the original vehicle or a replacement part.
If you believe that your Dallas car accident was caused or made worse by a defective auto part, do not hesitate to call Guajardo & Marks at 972-774-9800 to schedule your free consultation. The call is free, and the meeting is free. All you have to do is pick up the phone. Do not be left without the money you need to recover your losses. Call today.