Highway Vehicle Fires (2008-2010)

There were approximately 194,000 vehicle fires in the United States during 2008 to 2010. Approximately one in seven fires responded to by fire departments in the U.S. was a highway vehicle fire. This report analyzed data from the U.S. Fire Administration's National Fire Incident Reporting System. Findings include: (1) 86% of highway vehicle fires occurred in passenger vehicles; (2) 61% of highway vehicle fires and 35% of fatal highway vehicle fires originated in the engine, running gear or wheel area of the vehicle; (3) Insulation around electrical wiring (28%) and flammable liquids in the engine area (18%) were the most common items first ignited in highway vehicle fires; (4) Mechanical failure is the leading factor contributing to the ignition of highway vehicle fires (44%); (5) Unintentional action (32%) was the leading cause of highway vehicle fires; and (6) 57% of fatal vehicle fires were the result of a collision.


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  • Accession Number: 01483485
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 5 2013 9:48AM