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Old 8th September 2014, 12:26   #436
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Even though car fires happen everywhere, I believe that the main cause In India is poor training and lack of knowledge of after market "technicians", mechanics and even dealer staff. Safety regulations are generally not even known let alone followed. Most of the people working on cars are not properly educated and lack any formal training. How many times do we see proper wiring done with care to fuses, proper connector rather than just tape, knowledge of which harness connector to use and so on? Same applies to repair and modifications.
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My Neighbor's Xylo caught fire in parked position few days back. Luckily the security person was quick to react and doused the fire with a fire extinguisher in time or the whole car would have reduced to ashes.

The car had a battery replacement done 6months back and had no issues till that day. The car was towed to Mahindra service center and claim was filed with the insurance company. Cause of fire is not yet known.

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My Neighbor's Xylo caught fire in parked position few days back. Luckily the security person was quick to react and doused the fire with a fire extinguisher in time or the whole car would have reduced to ashes.

The car had a battery replacement done 6months back and had no issues till that day. The car was towed to Mahindra service center and claim was filed with the insurance company. Cause of fire is not yet known.
Parked car caught fire?. Any conclusion/speculation from the initial investigation? I don't think battery would be the cause of fire.
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Parked car caught fire?. Any conclusion/speculation from the initial investigation? I don't think battery would be the cause of fire.
Going by the damaged area and the fact that it was a parked vehicle, it looks to me like a battery short circuit as the most probable cause.
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Well, Finally i witnessed a car on fire today. The owner was safe as he just came out of the car on time.

I just asked two questions. Is there a CNG/LPG Kit in car? Owner said No.
Then i asked how much of fuel is in car? He said around 10 liters.

The probability of a major accident seemed almost Zero to me. i asked the owner to open the bonnet. we both hopped on to the car. opened the bonnet and started pouring water. He went mad when he saw what was inside. I just held my breath. Everything burnt to ashes. Battery exploded. Yes!. How?

Sorry. Couldn't get more pictures as i didn't want to behave like a media man. Rather i preferred to help him in getting the situation in control. This pic is at the beginning of fire. After a while, there was smoke everywhere.

In one line: Car will have to be written off. Thank god, he had it insured.
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10 kms from Murthal. Driver and passenger safe. Wonder why the car is on the wrong side of the highway !
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In yet another incident, a Tata Indigo caught fire at Mangalore Airport a couple of days back!! No causalities as the driver got off as soon as he saw smoke.

Related and source news article here: http://www.daijiworld.com/news/news_...sp?n_id=273655.
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Mercedes cathches fire in Mumbai, nobody is hurt.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/c...w/45271299.cms
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The TOI today reported that a Ford Fiesta caught fire near Shamshabad airport, with a picture of the burnt car. Somehow I am not able to find the online link to that.

What I did find is the below:

http://www.indtoday.com/two-escapes-...-indtoday-com/
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Times of India (Mumbai Edition) reported a Mercedes E Class catching fire at Bandra Reclamation.

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A Mercedes driver, Altaf Shaikh, had a narrow escape on Tuesday afternoon when the vehicle caught fire at Bandra Reclamation. After the incident, traffic on the Bandra-Worli sea link was disrupted for some time. The Bandra police have recorded the mishap for an inquiry.

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Another instance of i20 catching fire. Reported in FB. Seems like no one was hurt.
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?f...type=1&theater
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Passengers had a miraculous escape after a bus plying from Bengaluru to Manipal went up in flames early morning on Monday near Uppinangady .
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Unhappy i20 catches fire!

Came across this post on Facebook.


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"I was travelling with my family from Chandigarh to Delhi on 9th Nov 2014 in our Hyundai i20. We were around Sonepat, when a passer-by waved us indicating that there was smoke coming from the car. Fortunately, the car had just crossed an intersection and the speed was slow. We were really lucky that everyone got out of the vehicle safely, however, we were shocked to see our vehicle in flames just moments after.

After running from pillar to post for 16 days between Hans Hyundai, New Delhi & Hyundai Motor India Limited all we hear from them is that the car caught fire due to some external substance and that they cannot do anything about it. How very convenient is that, isn’t it? For heaven’s sake, you are selling one of the premium hatchbacks available in the Indian market; it cannot just catch fire while in motion due to “External substance”.

The car was purchased from Hans Hyundai, Moti Nagar, New Delhi about 3 years back. The car has run a mere 13,000 kms and was serviced at Hans Hyundai service center only a week before the incident took place. It looks to be a case of negligent servicing on the part of Hans Hyundai.

After this incident when I searched on the internet, I was shocked to find out that this is not an isolated incident of i20 catching fire. I urge everyone to share this with as many people as possible so that if any of your friends is planning to buy a Hyundai Vehicle, they consider these incidents and are able to take an informed decision."
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These are instances where insurance comes handy. Glad that no one were injured on the incident.

From the picture on the facebook page, it looks like HMIL were right about the external substance, the car didn't catch fire on the engine compartment.

I am curious to know if there are any possibilities of the car catching fire other than in the engine compartment due to a malfunction. Looking forward for fellow BHPian's thoughts.
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A Chevy catches fire in RK Puram, Delhi.

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