The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has opened investigations into several auto defect issues with different brands and models of vehicles this year involving fire hazards. Most recently the federal agency announced that it is looking into Chevy Volt batteries that ignite during a crash. According to a report in the Detroit News, NHTSA has initiated several investigations into fire hazards involving vehicles this year. It also has an ongoing investigation into whether more than 3 million Jeep Cherokees pose a fire hazard.
According to National Fire Protection Association, there has been a drop in the number of vehicle fires in recent years. The association reports that there were 184,500 passenger vehicle fires including 285 deaths and 1,440 injuries nationwide in 2010. The cost of damages due to these fires is approximately $1 billion.