1998 Ford Explorer on Fire

Posted on Friday, April 29th, 2005 at 12:00am CDT by c7f4a6f2

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1998 Ford Explorer on Fire

Business: Auto Manufacturing, Ford Motor Co. Complaint: Another 1998 Ford Exploder - I had a 98 Ford Exploder that caught fire after being parked in my garage for 3 hours, engine off and everything! Details: Last Saturday (4/17/05), my 1998 Ford Explorer went up in flames by itself, after being parked in the garage for several hours. There's no explanation for this... I had driven the car with my family, doing

errands on and off, and parked the car in the garage at around 7:00 PM. Between 10 and 10:30 PM, I heard a loud explosion coming from the garage. When I opened the access door to my garage, I could not believe my eyes; flames were shooting up from underneath the engine, on the driver side of it. I opened up the garage door, just to get hit on the face by black thick smoke (don't even want to remember the smell). My wife immediately called 911, and took our 7 year and 17 month old daughters out of the house. As she was doing this, I went out, grabbed the water hose to try to put out the fire. Within 5 to 10 minutes of calling, the police and firemen arrived. They put out the fire and after securing the garage,

pushed the cars out to the driveway. Needless to say, this was a horrible, infuriating experience. I lost my main car, my second one is also burnt, my garage is ruined, and we still feel confused about this

whole situation. Thank God we are ok, and had no further damage in the livable parts of the house. All I can think of is that my family was at risk; I basically had a ticking time bomb in my garage full of

gasoline. My car didn't have mechanical or electrical problems, no warning signs of any kind. One thing however, the cruise control had stopped working for a couple of months now, coincidence? Well, since my car was not part of the recall, I assumed that it was ok, but apparently Ford has to revise their list. Ford Motors need to investigate further about other vehicles with the same cruise control as the ones in the recall list. I had already called my insurance agents for automobile and home, NHTSA/ODI, and also Ford Motor Co to file claims and incident report. But from what I have being reading on related cases, it looks like I'm going to have to "bite the bullet" and wait to see what happens with my particular model. If this experience helps alert other people, to at least not to park their Ford vehicles inside their garages, by all means use it. Click this link to e-mail the message author: COMPLAINTS.COM_FORM_MAIL_43088#


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