What to Do if Your Car Catches Fire

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How should you respond if your car catches fire? This is a scenario hardly anyone ever thinks about. While not too common, the U.S. Fire Administration has reported that there were 204,000 responses to automobile-related fires in 2016. What steps should you take if your car suddenly erupts in flames?

What Causes a Car Fire?

Contrary to popular belief, a car collision is not the most common cause of auto fires, though is sometimes a cause. The most typical culprit is a problem within the vehicle itself. This may include faulty electric wiring, a fuel system leak, or a cigarette butt improperly put out.

This is why it’s so important that you recognize the red flags that put you at risk of a car fire.

Issues that Put Car at Risk of Fire

Be on the lookout for the following mechanical issues:

  • Loud noises from the exhaust system
  • Abrupt changes in engine temperature or oil level
  • Loose or broken hoses
  • Fuses blowing out multiple times
  • Loose or frayed wiring

We recommend routine inspections from a qualified auto mechanic to detect and remedy these issues.

How to Respond if Your Car Catches Fire

In the event your car does catch fire while you’re driving, you must act quickly and calmly. First, pull over and turn off the ignition. Next, get everyone safely out of the car and do not return to retrieve personal belongings. Stay at least 100-feet distant to avoid the smoke. Call 911 and await assistance. In the interim, maintain the distance and urge bystanders to stay back.

We Restore Your Car After a Wreck

Cars that go up in flames may still be salvageable. On occasion, Absolute Auto Body has fully restored cars, including its frame and auto paint, after a collision-related fire. Our warranty ensures reliable results. Remember, if your car catches fire, personal safety is your first priority.

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