Vehicle Fires

Vehicle Fires

Questions raised about General Motors, government action in recall over thousands of car fires

DETROIT - Shortly after Elizabeth Berry parked her bright yellow 2003 Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS on the street in front of her family's home in May 2014, flames engulfed the engine, destroying the car and scorching her mailbox.

"I was hysterical. That was like my third baby," she says of the car.

Compounding the shock was the fact that five years earlier, Berry had answered a recall notice from General Motors for a repair that was supposed to prevent engine fires.

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NHTSA, automakers address fire risks

David Shepardson/ Detroit News Washington Bureau
Washington -The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, now investigating fire risks in the extended-range electric Chevrolet Volt, has long made fire hazards in gas-powered vehicles a priority.
Automakers have issued about a dozen recalls over the last year for fire risks in gasoline-powered vehicles.
NHTSA has also opened or upgraded a half-dozen investigations into fire problems this year. It also has an ongoing investigation into whether more than 3 million Jeep Grand Cherokees pose a fire hazard.

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Man hurt in crash awarded $31.25M

News Tribune Online 06/12/07


MIDDLESEX COUNTY  A $31.25 million settlement has been reached in the case of a former Cook College student who was severely disfigured in a fiery crash when a tow truck rear-ended his car on Route 1 in Woodbridge in September 2001.

Richard Douglas Cannon, now 27, was driving from his home in Rahway to the college when his 1984 Ford Mustang broke down in the middle lane of Route 1 on Sept. 6, 2001, said Cannon's attorney, Alfred Dimiero of Summit.

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Vehicle fire data have some experts fuming


Kansas City Star, 12-11-05

Some safety experts are increasingly concerned that many vehicle fires are going unreported to government agencies.

AAA in October drew attention to the danger of car fires by reporting that 520 persons died in highway vehicle fires in 2004 ” more than the number who died in apartment fires. The automobile association said there were more than 266,500 vehicle fires, resulting in 1,300 injuries and nearly $1 billion in property damage.

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