Cars Are Catching Fire in Pakistan For Some Odd Reason

The build quality issues in locally manufactured cars, especially from Honda, Suzuki and Toyota, are not unknown for most of the public. We have already seen below standard build quality of the new Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla models. Fuel contamination, illiterate mechanics and cloned car parts are also commonly known facts which result in car malfunctions and accidents.

During the past five days, five cars have caught fire. According to reports, each day a car catches fire while new cars feature similar burn patterns. Most of these occurrences have been reported with new cars while most accidents have taken place around Lahore.

In the images and videos linked below, you can take a look at the cars which caught fire during the past five days:

As you can see the incidents include the latest models from Toyota and Civic as well, both of which have been the best-sellers for the respective companies.

Response from Car Makers & Government

Both, the relevant government departments and the car manufacturers are mum on the matter. Considering the loss of property and risk to valuable lives, the incidents should have immediately have rung bells in their ears.

Instead, Honda has reportedly blamed cheap HID lights as the cause of the fire, claiming it was a short circuit in the lights which led to the fire in the battery and the engine. Thinking realistically, all cars are manufactured while maintaining certain electrical safety standards and such short circuits should not even be possible. And in case something like this happens, it is the responsibility of the car manufacturer to pay property damage fees to the car owners.

However, it has been reported that Honda has refused to resolve the issue under standard warranty claims and is requesting Rs. 1.9 million as repair charge for one of the above cars.

There has been no word from Toyota on the matter.

Similar Incidents Abroad

The manner in which these cars caught fire is eerily suspicious. Something similar was seen in some other countries as well. Mercedes-Benz, Vauxhall and Ford’s latest models had some issues which resulted in the cars catching fire. The companies investigated the matter and immediately recalled all vehicles, putting customer safety as their top priority.

Toyota and Honda recalled millions of vehicles in 2015 and 2016. Vitz, Corolla, Camry, RAV4, Civic and many other models were taken back by the manufacturers over fears of catching fire. As seen in the pictures above and according to several other reports, Corolla and Civic are amongst the vehicles catching fire. Experts speculate that it’s possible that the same issues are surfacing amongst the Pakistani models of these cars.

On the other hand, the issue could not be related to the car manufacturers, at least not entirely. It could be any other factor, which needs to be investigated.

Final Words

Both, the government and the car makers need to seriously look into the matter before precious lives are lost and the cause of these odd fires needs to be investigated and reported to the public.

We have already seen carelessness from local car manufacturers who have no concern for customers and thanks to the government’s lack of initiative in creating a body to monitor and test these vehicles, they can continue on without the fear of any consequences. The public is hopeful that new car manufacturers will force the current Japanese trio into improving their standards and putting customer satisfaction above everything else.

Image Credits: Ahmed Raza

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      • f u if you think I hate my country. The fact is people living there just dont want to change anything. They want to live in darkness. It is their choice and I have nothing to say about it.

        • You could have said this in a better way. When we see good things overseas we don’t like many things in Pakistan but there are many good things in Pakistan which we don’t find elsewhere. If some multinational manufacturing are selling defective cars your saying this doesn’t make any sense.

          Anyways people change headlights and halogen lights dissipate lot of heat and can put extra load on battery, can be a reason. But fire after 200 Kms is really surprising.

          • I have lived long time in China which is so called brotherly country. But let me make it clear even they won’t accept any [email protected]@ from Pakistan. Foreigner may sell their bodies but Pakistanis sell their country. And thus whatever is in country is sold.

            • Situation is not that bad as you have portrayed. A lot of good developments we can see around. We should criticize the bad part and appreciate otherwise.

              • situation is worse. You just dont know. circular debt and all these things are not in the mind of any Pakistani. They are living in other universe. country is sold to IMF. there is nothing.

        • You are absolutely right. The shit-head people of pakistan are the ones who are truly to blame. If you try to tell them they are being duped out of their rights, they just laugh and say “yahan aisay hee hota hai”. Well then keep living shitty lives in a shitty country guys. You don’t want to change anything.

          And don’t believe those propaganda-pushing articles floating around on social media saying how amazing pakistan is. It’s a shitty ass country where students studying in EXPENSIVE private universities have no choice but to sit in the grass and do all their studying there. Where campuses have NO wifi and where male students are expected to live in servant-quarter style hostels where there is no furniture and 6-8 male students share a small single room. Shame on you, shitty pakistan!

    • Shame on you for commenting on Pakistan. GorA chala gaya ………..

  • Isnt it against every manufacturers policies to put third party accessories not approved by people… Dont be so gullible people these things are there for a reason! No third party cheap stuff… Also the fact that manufacturers can get away with doing this kind of shit is pathetic..they should be in a class action lawsuit now!

    • The customers installed these unsafe lights after taking delivery of the vehicles from the manufacturers. So how can you blame the manufacturer?

  • When the manufacturer blames the HID lights, it doesn’t mean that they had fitted those HID lights in the cars. It’s the customer who takes the car home later but goes to the market to get extraordinary things installed. If the cheap or even expensive HID lights were added to any car by the owner, no manufacturer is going to claim warranty. And it’s realistic.

    • Maybe it is the fault of the car that the HID lights are catching fire in them?

      Anyhow, please read the whole report; these incidents are happening all over the world, and not isolated to just Pakistan.

      Is it because those same HID lights have managed to get into those countries also? Or rather, is it because of a problem in the car, but given Pakistani laws and the system, here the manufacturers can get away with it by making such lame excuses.

      • He’s saying the customer installed after market HID lights. Lights that did not originally come with the car. If you do that then the manufacturer of the car can’t be held responsible now can he? Such modifications can invalidate your warranty.

      • >Maybe it is the fault of the car that the HID lights are catching fire in them?

        no it isn’t.

      • Last year my son’s car Ford Mustang sports model caught fire for the same reason in Dubai Mall parking. He was however compensated by Insurance Company though after 7 months persuasion after police clearance.

  • only 200 kms driven car catches fire whereas other same cars don’t there must be issue in the installation of those Fancy lights.

  • In a country where Air Bags are considered a luxury, not a safety feature; where manufacturers only care about reducing costs because there are no concrete enforceable safety laws present … it’s not even remotely surprising to see such a reaction from these manufacturers.

    And to be very frank, we expect too much from everyone. Government, these manufacturers, or even insurance companies. It’s Pakistan. I think it’s about time people realized that there is no justice in Pakistan, rather than the illusion of it.

    To all car owners, i can only feel sorry for their loss.

    • In that case most of Suzuki cars are death capsules, no air bags.

      Insurance companies in Pakistan are a joke, have experienced that.

    • The owners made unsafe modifications to their cars and that is why they caught fire. So while I agree the auto industry here is a joke in this instance they are not at fault.

  • Achi niyat sy jo chez kharedi jaye (ksi ka haq na mara jaye) to chez thek chalti hy!!

  • Here my 2008 Mercedes Benz W211 burning flames in Wah Cantt on 24th March, 2017.

  • I doubt one of the below line to be fake mentioned in the article:
    “During the past five days, five cars have caught fire. According to reports, each day a car catches fire while new cars feature similar burn patterns.”.

  • It is an issue which should be discussed to prevent future causalities . Please give arguments in support or against it .

  • lol, people of lahore/punjab now finding out about these issues​, late but good that few shodee might think twice now…

    in karachi its been happening since last year only new Corollas, don’t have figures but it was way higher there and now most people know the culprits aka high voltage / heated hid/etc

    • After market lights right? They did not come with the car originally so the manufacturer can’t be held responsible.

      • yup true, after market (cheep) hid.
        mix of bad, cheep, high voltage hid plus electricians (oh kuch nahi hota) who knows everything results in burnt up car.

        pretty common in khi.

  • There is no doubt that Pakistani car assemblers are a cartel that is busy looting the public. But in this instance the customers have installed after market lights and it is these lights that are causing fires. You can’t blame the original assembler/manufacturer of the car if you make unsafe modifications to your car and it catches fire.

    • Dear Sir Waqar mine honda Civic 2018 caught fire problem is overcharging battery. i informed honda battery draining water every 3 days they told me fill water after 3 days :p and check them instead of fixing over charging issue HID are only a reason to make excuse . mine one is 100% in original condition maintained by Honda. soon you guys will see honda in court ;) ..
      PS. i used Suzuki Baleno with 3500PKR HID never caught fire / Honda City with HID 5000PKR / Toyota Corolla 2012 model with HID 8000PKR / and i am lucky i brought my car in april and burned on 11 November i was busy in some work and i didnt installed anything additional.
      so i am gonna give some kind of tough time in consumer court soon .
      if anyone faced same kind issue can contact me

  • Without apportioning blame to either the car manufacturer or the customer, the first thing that should be done is a proper inquiry. Atleast get some idea of whats causing this.

  • Recent update few weeks back that cars should not be over fueled. Due to heat the petrols may reacts differently as observed in contrast over the years as the heat is severe this time around.
    Specifically for Pakistan.

  • What’s with the “Final Words” section that’s creeping up the propak articles these days? Watching “FINAL THOUGHTS with TOMI LAHREN” much I see eh!?
    P.S. its true.. HIDs do cause the machine to catch fire.

  • This is Saad from SehgalMotors, get our Maximus HID and your car will go kaboom

  • HID’s and altered headlight bulbs can be issue in these kind for cases. This happen to me 5 years back. My car caught fire because of one headlight bulb. Luckily I felt smoke in engine and switched off car. Later electrician changed wire from company fitted relay onward. He added that I was lucky

  • The insurance companies would do well to have their association institute a TESTING procedure to check new cars BEFORE they reach the market.

  • if youv seen after market HID. there is OEM and absolute crap. what u find in shodapan markets is absolute crap. Honda has the right to withdraw warranty on that.

  • and PM says, there is a lot of corruption in Pakistan. If government will launch investigations, then who will do the routine work? LOL!

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