Study Shows Auto Crashes Seldom Result in Fires
A federally financed study by the University of Utah auto-crash research team showed that only 29 of 12,909 investigated accidents actually resulted in fires.
There were no serious injuries or fatalities attributed to fires in the 29 fire-involved accidents. The fires were self-extinguished or handled by a bystander in 15 of the 29 cases.
Although about 1.6 percent of the 23,624 vehicles in accidents studied had some fuel leakage one in 820, or .12 percent, actually caught fire.
On the 1975 models the use of the catalytic muffler which operates up into the 1500F range provides yet another source of ignition as well as a personal hazard for occupants and fire fighters.