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Tonight my neighbor pulled out of her driveway and got about a block down the road before her car started to smoke.

She got out and turned it off, but it only got worse... we stayed away from it and called a fire truck... by the time they got there it there was a ton of black smoke and a lot of fire under the car...
It's a total write-off.

It seems weird that this would just happen for no reason...

Has anyone heard of a fire hazard recall, or anything like this happening?

She has a 1996 Toyota Camry (not sure if it's the 6cyl or 4cyl).

Let me know....
 

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Honestly, this is why you need a fire extinguisher in your car. Preferably one that can tackle both chemical and electrical fires. It's not just for ricey looks.

Contrary to what you see in the movies, cars *rarely* blow up. Even if the fire reaches the gas tank, you'll just get a neat flame thrower effect. Ask any firefighter. Gasoline is not like C4.

So if the fire is not too hot as to be unbearable, you can still pop the hood and put it out before it gets too bad.

As for what started the fire...hell if I know. Those things don't just burst into flames for no good reason. The cars that are prone to fires are usually the ones that have some nasty defects. The Pontiac Fiero, for instance, had a poorly designed exhaust manifold placement and faulty rod bearings on the earlier models that could cause a fire in the engine bay.

It is possibly that some combustable materials got near something hot (like an exhaust manifold), but that would likely be more as the result of something not being maintained right or fixed wrong, rather than anything on Toyota's part. Toyota even warned GM about the issues with the Fiero, but GM ignored their pleas to do something about it.

Friggin' GM....I swear. Only Ford can manage to build a crappier car.

- John
 

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My Lincoln Mark VII LSC started on fire when I slammed on the brakes which caused me to burst a brake line shooting brake fluid on my header... Freak things happen..
 

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I have no idea why the Camry burned. I saw a car get hit from the side. The full gas tank leaked and ran down the gutter. No problem until it reached the local sheriff's flare. The gas hit that flare and flashed in an instant 50 feet in the air. People 1/2 mile away saw it and came to see what happened. Sorry, I'm no help but, I couldn't resist telling that story. Mr. duputy sheriff is still employed!
 

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91's have a recall on their radio because the car can spontaneously burst into flame because of the wiring...I suppose I should get around to taking mine out.
 

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Mine caught fire... I smelled an electrial fire and heard sparking. Next thing I know there's smoke around my feet.
Turns out my clutch had sawed partially thru my amp's 4ga power line and every time I pressed the clutch in it was sparking til it caught the carpet.
 

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Kensuke said:

Contrary to what you see in the movies, cars *rarely* blow up. Even if the fire reaches the gas tank, you'll just get a neat flame thrower effect. Ask any firefighter. Gasoline is not like C4.

So if the fire is not too hot as to be unbearable, you can still pop the hood and put it out before it gets too bad.
- John
True. Gasoline only combusts, you need pressure to create an explosion.
 

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Mine Caught Fire This Morning

Yeah my Camry decided to catch fire this morning as I was going to work - I have an 1989. The whole engine compartment melted and the car is totaled.
 

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On the topic of spontaniously combusting cars and bad design. You've heard of the Honda CRV (or something) where the oil squirts out from around the oil filter and on to the exhuast manifold. I don't know if they've even figured out why yet.
 

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Cause

The fire department said it looked like it started in the alternator, and then the heat ruptured the fuel line and it was all down hill from there.
 

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trypsix said:
On the topic of spontaniously combusting cars and bad design. You've heard of the Honda CRV (or something) where the oil squirts out from around the oil filter and on to the exhuast manifold. I don't know if they've even figured out why yet.
Thats just excess oil after an oil change. I believe they put in a shield of some sort to fix the problem.
 

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Sounds like there ma have been some kind of fluid leak and it got hot enough to iginite. If so that is one good reason to keep up with oil leaks and things like that. Exhaust parts get hot and can ignite oil based fluids. Which is almost every fluid in the car.
 
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