If you’ve ever wondered why some cars ignite after a collision, this
article will explain the different factors involved in vehicle fires.
1. Crumple Zones
Two sections of any given vehicle is designated the “crumple zone”
– the front and rear. These are the two sections of a car that are
most prone to “crumple” in the event of a
car accident. Although most vehicles are design to have strong crumple zones that absorb
the impact of another car or object, sometimes even the strongest crumple
zones aren’t enough to shield sensitive vehicle components like
the engine, battery, and gas tank – all of which can spark a car fire.
2. Improper Design
Some car fires are caused by
defective vehicles or vehicle components. Everything from electrical failures to
poorly positioned gas tanks can cause a car to ignite more easily in the
event of a collision. Just recently in fact, Volkswagen recalled about
38,000 vehicles over fire risks associated with a defective sealing cap
that could cause fuel to leak into the engine and ignite. Sadly, it’s
3. Failed Maintenance
Some vehicle fires happen because of improperly maintained vehicles. Frequent
maintenance is essential to prevent things like overheating catalytic
converters, engine overheating, and electrical wiring malfunction –
all of which can cause car fires.
4. Electric and Battery Powered Vehicles
Many electric, battery-powered cars have come under scrutiny for battery
malfunctions. Some hybrid car batteries, upon impact, can ignite –
not unlike what would happen to any other type of battery under pressure.
5. Exposed Fluids
Cars run on a number of different highly combustible fluids. If these fluids
are exposed to a heat source, they can easily ignite. This makes properly
sealed and functioning containers essential. Sometimes, even properly
manufactured vehicles, when involved in a serious crash, can leak fluid
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