Car fires can be extremely dangerous and we have seen many of them happening in the past. This one though affected a high-end luxury SUV – the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque. The exact location of the accident remains unknown.
The Land Rover Range Rover Evoque suddenly caught fire in the middle of the road. According to the information, it was caused by a short circuit. However, the exact details remain unknown. The video taken by a pedestrian shows the fire coming out from the engine bay of the Evoque. Later, the fire grows and then engulfs the whole front-end of the vehicle.
While there are police and others on the road, no one tried to douse the car fire. Everyone maintained a safe distance from the vehicle. We are not sure if the fire fighters reached at the spot later but it seems like all the engine bay parts are fried in this fire.
What causes car fires?
Vehicle fires can occur irrespective of the brand or size of the vehicle. Instances of cars catching fire while in motion have been documented. The causes of such fires can vary and are not limited to any specific factors.
When installing after-market accessories, such as additional lamps or infotainment systems, it is crucial to ensure proper wiring. Incorrect wiring can lead to a short circuit, which in turn can generate excessive heat throughout the vehicle’s electrical circuit and potentially cause a fire, regardless of the engine’s condition. It is advisable to rely on trusted dealers and mechanics for the installation of after-market parts.
It is common for individuals to unintentionally leave flammable cleaning materials, such as cloths or liquids, under the bonnet after cleaning the engine bay. The high operating temperatures of car engines make them susceptible to immediate fires if these materials come into contact with them. Even a brief interaction between a cloth or cleaning liquid and a hot engine can result in a rapid spread of fire, engulfing the vehicle within seconds. Therefore, it is essential to exercise caution and remove any flammable materials from the engine bay after cleaning.
Recently, mass-segment cars like Tata Harrier, Skoda Slavia and Mahindra XUV700 also caught fire. Multiple incidents of electric cars catching fire has also been recorded recently. Car fires are dangerous but one can be prepared for such incidents and keep small fire extinguishers in cars to ensure that small fires do not become big ones.