‘I was terrified’: Car goes up in flames in driveway even after recall repair was done

Car Fire in Driveway After Recall WFTV 12.14.2023

The Center for Auto Safety is the nation’s premier independent, member driven, non-profit consumer advocacy organization dedicated to improving vehicle safety, quality, and fuel economy on behalf of all drivers, passengers, and pedestrians.

“It’s somewhat unacceptable, you know, they did everything right, they went and got the recall repair when they were supposed to. And supposedly their vehicle is fixed,” said Michael Brooks with the Center for Auto Safety.

By Jeff Deal
December 13, 2023

A Ford Escape suddenly burst into flames in a DeLand driveway.  That was in mid-November.  The SUV had been serviced for a recall that Ford noted had the risk of fire just a couple of months before the fire sparked.

The massive flames were captured by a doorbell camera across the street.   The video shows the raging fire and what appeared to be a small explosion that made a responding police officer jump.

The 2020 Ford Escape belonged to Kedena Douglas.  She showed Action 9 Consumer Investigator Jeff Deal her charred driveway and the front of her garage.  The car was burned up and the address on the front of her home was melted off by the fire.

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