Many Americans enjoy radios, power locks, map lights, and other electrical features in their automobiles. Each of these luxuries is powered by an extensive electrical system that runs wires throughout the vehicle.
As automobile electronics become more advanced and sophisticated, so do their electric systems. Unfortunately, with these advancements come more opportunities for errors. Defective electrical systems may present a number of potential hazards, among the most dangerous of which is the threat of a fire.
Fires may occur when systems wear down, are improperly installed, or use faulty parts. This usually includes:
Shorts in the electrical system
Missing or faulty wire shielding
These errors may put drivers and their passengers at risk of being caught in a fire. In many cases, fires occur when the wires in the electrical system spark. Since automobiles may be full of potentially flammable materials, they may quickly catch fire in the presence of a spark.
Additionally, if the spark is close to gas tank, a car may be at risk of an explosion. Gasoline is a highly combustible substance that is prone to exploding. Even if a spark is not close to the gas tank, if a car catches fire, the gas tank will soon be consumed by the flame, which may further the damage that a fire causes.
In many cases, faulty electrical systems are the fault of an automobile’s manufacturer. In some cases, though, a third-party repair shop may be to blame. In either case, product liability laws may allow the victims of automotive electrical fires to secure compensation for their losses.