Car fires can cause significant property damage, serious injuries, and even death - and yet many Virginians do not know the common causes of car fires. If you don't know the main reasons for car fires, it is even more difficult to prevent car fires or act when a car fire takes place.
The majority of car fires begin in the engine compartment - where most of the working parts of the car are. Although there is a firewall between the engine and the passengers in the car, this protective barrier only allows the vehicle's occupants a little time to escape to safety. The firewall does not stop noxious fumes from injuring those in the car or a subsequent explosion. In fact, the heat of the engine fire itself can spread the fire to the main body of the car.
Any normal car contains around six flammable liquids at any time, including gasoline. In addition, cars are also made of a number of flammable solids, especially in the interior of the car. These flammable objects may cause the car to catch fire during or after a car accident. In other instances, a car fire may be due to a design flaw - and the negligence of the car's manufacturer. Finally, a car fire may be caused by poor maintenance. If a company car you are using catches fire and causes you injury, your company may be liable if the car or truck was not taken care of properly.
Design flaws that cause fires are more common that you might think - every major car company has recalled one of their vehicles because of the dangers of vehicle fire.