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The NTSB Reports Electric Vehicle Fires are a Deadly Risk to First Responders

January 19, 2021

DETROIT, MI - The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) announced a safety alert concerning electric vehicle fires' hazards to accident first responders.

The National Transportation Safety Board also warned that the manufacturers had not provided adequate guidelines for dealing with high-voltage lithium-ion battery fires.  According to the NTSB, the electric car industry has not provided enough safety guidance and research on handling accidents involving electric cars after a high-speed accident.  

As part of a safety initiative, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is asking electric auto manufacturers to develop "vehicle-specific response guides" to help first responders fight battery fires, prevent a thermal runaway and subsequent battery re-ignition, and how to safely store wrecked vehicles that have damaged lithium-ion batteries.  

The guidelines would assist firefighters and tow truck drivers who are most likely to encounter these issues.  Additionally, the availability of these emergency response guides could affect a vehicle's five-star vehicle safety rating.  The strategy of making safety recommendations part of a vehicle's five-star vehicle safety rating has been very effective in pressuring manufacturers to comply with urgent safety recommendations.

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