Not to be sensational, but MVS Forums member osman posted a photo and story of his son’s harrowing moments yesterday when his 1995 850 catches fire!
“My son was driving his 95 850 Turbo at 70MPH on I-35 from san marcos to austin community college one morning. He saw and smelled smoke, pulled over and the car erupted in flames. He and his classmate grabbed their newly purchased laptops and textbooks and headed for the exits.
Soon EMS, Kyle Fire Dept, and Texas State Troopers were all on the scene.
The car had over 200K+ miles and burned a little bit of oil (1L per 1K miles) but nothing else, everything else was stage 0.
What makes volvos go up in flames? I can only find NTSB bulletins about fuel pump stem/seals leaking and heated seats burning up. I have pics of other volvos I have seen in junkyards that have been completely burned.”
Cars Catch Fire More Than You May Think…
Vehicle fires aren’t really that uncommon – they just seem uncommon because we aren’t around when they happen!
Car fires may not seem very common, but according to some new AAA research, they are both common and deadly. AAA says nationally highway vehicle fires account for 17 percent of all fires and 13 percent of all civilian fire deaths. In fact, last year they caused more deaths than apartment fires.
According to the U.S Federal Highway Administration data, roughly 2,980 billion miles
were driven, on average, per year on U.S. roads during this period. Roughly 90 highway
vehicle fires and 0.15 highway vehicle fire deaths were reported per billion miles driven.
Some form of mechanical failure or malfunction, such as leaks or breaks, backfires, or worn-out parts, contributed to 49% of the highway vehicle fires and 11% of the associated deaths. Electrical failures or malfunctions contributed to 23% of the highway vehicle fires, but less than 1% of the associated deaths. Although collisions or overturns were factors in only 3% of the fires, 58% of the deaths resulted from these incidents. Older vehicles were more likely to have a fire caused by mechanical or electrical failures.