Fire safety in today’s and tomorrow’s vehicles

  • Published: 2008
  • Authors: Levy, K.M.
  • Date Added: 06 Feb 2014
  • Last Update: 06 Feb 2014
  • Format: html


To consider fire hazards in the existing vehicle fleet and uses failure modes and effects analyses of three generic designs to identify and rank potential fire hazards in the emerging fuel vehicle fleet.


A statistics based predictive quantitative risk assessment framework and estimated uncertainty analysis was undertaken to present risk of the emerging fuel vehicle fleets.

Key Findings:

  • Hybrid vehicles provide only a moderately greater fire death risk than traditional fuel vehicles, an increase by an estimated factor of 1.2.Compressed fuel vehicles have a much greater relative risk.

  • The predicted risk uncertainty for the compressed fuel vehicles is much greater than for gasoline-electric hybrids.


Fire, vehicles.


Review of fire safety in vehicles.