board350
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LEAF Fire in North Texas

Wed Sep 02, 2015 6:53 am

So a LEAF caught fire and burned up yesterday. My boss's wife was driving by and got this video. I don't know much more than that but I am very curious if anyone knows what caused it? As one would expect all my non-LEAF-driving friends instantly gave me flak for driving a LEAF and told me to watch out as it may catch fire, haha. They love to poke fun...

https://youtu.be/8PUG-ldjD48

(I couldn't get the embed feature to work)
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Re: LEAF Fire in North Texas

Wed Sep 02, 2015 6:58 am

I suspect arson. Probably a LEAF owner disgruntled about capacity loss. ;)

Explosive yield sign?

Otherwise, a miscellaneous electrical fire.

Note that the battery pack appears to be unscathed and isn't burning.
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Re: LEAF Fire in North Texas

Wed Sep 02, 2015 7:03 am

I simply said it was a cigarette mishap.... Don't know how easily water-bottle-fabric covered seats can catch fire but you never know.
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Re: LEAF Fire in North Texas

Wed Sep 02, 2015 3:59 pm

Tell them that brand new Jeep Cherokees never catch fire especially while parked, less than 48 hours (and only two drives) after its owner bought it: http://www.cbs8.com/story/27757742/bran ... nto-flames

FCA's effort wasn't as good as GM's though, because that car actually found a home before self-immolating. One of GM's brand new SUV's caught fire during the test drive: http://ktla.com/2014/03/23/suv-erupts-i ... z2wukcdknn

This Mini Cooper also caught fire on a test drive, but no points to BMW since the car was used (2 years old): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9kKbivBkJoM

Let's not get into Ferraris and Porsches catching fire spontaneously. Just because you spend as much money on a car as a house in some parts of the US doesn't mean you're immune from that problem.

I won't even get into recalls done by auto manufacturers because of defective wiring (like Ford) if not outright poor fuel tank design and/or placement (Ford Pinto, late 90's to early 2000's Jeep Grand Cherokee) resulting in fires.
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Re: LEAF Fire in North Texas

Wed Sep 02, 2015 4:20 pm

board350 wrote:(I couldn't get the embed feature to work)


Here you go:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8PUG-ldjD48

The trick with this forum is to copy from the URL bar at the top (containing http://www.youtube.com) and not the youtu.be version in the "Share" link. Take out everything after the YouTube ID (8PUG-ldjD48).
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Re: LEAF Fire in North Texas

Fri Sep 04, 2015 1:11 am

Story picked up by Torque News and examiner.com, neither of whom gave any credence to my explosive yield sign theory.

Examiner.com stated that it was only the passenger cabin on fire, and that's not what I see - there appears to be fire in the "engine" compartment too, though that could have spread from the passenger compartment (or vice-versa for that matter).
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LED shifter.
Heated seats.
GT-R map lamp lenses.
AV L2 EVSE.

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Re: LEAF Fire in North Texas

Fri Sep 04, 2015 9:04 am

Maybe the 12 volt battery or that suspicious looking yield sign?

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Re: LEAF Fire in North Texas

Fri Sep 04, 2015 9:54 am

Maybe they were transporting a gas can for their lawn mower? There are many possible causes.

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Re: LEAF Fire in North Texas

Tue Sep 08, 2015 1:37 pm

I removed the video from my public feed. I feel it was doing more harm than good. I will tell you that it got Nissan's attention though. They called me and wanted to know if I knew the owner of the vehicle. I did not but gave them the intersection and city it happened in. Hopefully they can have the police give them the owners info so they can track down the car and investigate it.
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Re: LEAF Fire in North Texas

Fri Sep 11, 2015 3:52 pm

board350 wrote: I will tell you that it got Nissan's attention though.
Well even if that is a little CYA, I think its good that they are trying to follow-up. I believe some manufactures would just bury their heads in the sand than try to find out anything.
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