Do Cars Really Blow Up When On Fire?

We’ve all seen the movies, where a single bullet or small fire causes a car to get completed decimated by the fuel tank exploding. How much of this is based in fact though?

Does Fire Explode Cars?

Yes, yes it can. However it’s really rare. So rare you shouldn’t consider it a real threat unless you see fire in your car. On average there are about 90 car fires reported per year in the USA, and that number continues to drop. What causes this? Well there’s few reasons. We’re told that the most common part of a car to explode is the battery. This causes a loud bang, can send debris flying and start a fire. Due to the batteries location many people assume their engine has “Blown up” when it’s actually the latter.

Leaks That Lead To Fire

So unless you’re in a Hollywood movie your car shouldn’t be getting shot at, or spontaneously catch fire however there is an extremely rare case that can cause this. If there’s a fuel or oil leak, and it just happens to connect with a hot enough components or an electrical spark then you could have a large issue that could lead (although very unlikely) to an explosion. This usually only occurs if the fuel pump or tank are removed and reinserted incorrectly. That doesn’t happen often thankfully. In 2009 Transport Canada had to recall nearly 130.000 vehicles to due a fault that lead to an engine oil leak.

Electrical Faults

The final and still rare way you could have a flammable problem is if your wires overheat, melting the insulation and causes them to short. If you remember our Chevy Bolt EV Recall Over Potential Fire Risk, you’ll know even E.V.’s aren’t immune to fires either. Read more here: Chevy Bolt Owners Ignoring Safety Recall!, Chevy Bolt Battery To Be Replaced Finally.

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