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What Should I Do if My Car Catches Fire?

Most drivers never plan on their car catching fire. Here are steps to protect yourself and any passengers should your automobile catch fire.

  • Pull over your vehicle as quickly and safely as you can
  • Turn off the car
  • Evacuate the vehicle and move away 30 yards or more
  • Call 9-1-1
  • Don't return to your car for any reason

To avoid potential fires, have your vehicle serviced regularly. Your mechanic can spot any fluid leaks or cracked wires that could start a fire. Also, never park your car near flammable items such as dry leaves, which your catalytic converter could ignite.

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  1. “Vehicle Fires: What You Need to Know,”, (August 2013).

  2. Kristen Hall-Geisler & Cherise Threewitt, “Top 10 Causes of Car Fires,”, (Jan. 25, 2022).

Our Safety Center pages are filled with tips related to the safety and maintenance of your home and autos. The information contained in these articles should not be construed as professional advice, and is not intended to replace official sources. Other resources linked from these pages are maintained by independent providers; therefore, NJM cannot guarantee their accuracy.