Electric Jaguar I-Pace Catches Fire! Ehline Law Can Help
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When you buy your brand new car, the last thing you expect is that one day it will spontaneously catch fire and be reduced to ashes before your eyes. This is precisely what happened to Gonzalo Salazar in Florida. These days, most car manufacturers are beginning to venture into the electric vehicle business, and Jaguar is one of them. The new Jaguar I-Pace electric car has proved to be a big hit among US consumers.
This is all well and good and a step in the right direction regarding efforts to preserve the environment. However, the safety of the passengers has to be paramount. This means incidents of cars catching fire should not be allowed to happen.
If you have been involved in a similar situation where your car has been damaged or destroyed after catching fire, then Call Ehline Law at (833) LETS-SUE for a free consultation.
What Exactly Happened?
According to the report on this latest battery fire, Gonzalo Salazar reportedly parked his car in the garage after spending the day doing a few errands. The previous night he had plugged his car in before going to bed.
Salazar reported that he first noticed something wrong when he heard pops from the garage the following day. He decided to see what was making the noise, and upon walking into the garage, he saw that it was full of smoke.
Acting quickly, he drove the car out of the garage and onto the street before calling Jaguar roadside assistance. The fire soon spread, and the vehicle was engulfed in flames rapidly.
When he noticed that there were now flames rapidly developing underneath the car, he called 911 for help, and members of the fire department showed up and poured a particular foam fire suppressant onto the vehicle.
When the fire department showed up at the scene, Gonzalo Salazar decided to keep a safe distance until the professionals poured flame retardant foam on the car because debris was flying everywhere.
This Is Not the First Incident Involving Jaguar I-pace Electric Cars
There were other incidents involving a Jaguar I-Pace electric car, so what happened to Salazar is not isolated. In one case, the Jaguar I-Pace caught fire in the Netherlands while parked in a driveway in 2018. The same thing happened in Oregon, and yet another I-Pace, while charging, caught fire in Hungary last October.
This makes the latest incident the fourth such battery fire in which a Jaguar I-Pace caught fire while charging or parked in a driveway.
Can LG Pouch Battery Cells Be the Cause?
The recent rise in battery fires can be attributed to the use of LG battery cells as the primary power source. As with most electric vehicles, the Kona EV and Bolt EV from Hyundai and Chevy and the Jaguar I-Pace electric car have LG pouch battery cells. This is why Jaguar I-Pace manufacturers have recently begun looking deeper into battery fire risks.
Tips to Remember if Your Car Catches Fire
If your electric vehicle, such as the Bolt EV or Kona EV, uses LG battery cells like this, then keep the following tips in mind in the event of a battery fire:
Make Sure Everyone Is Safe
Move everyone away from the electric vehicle to a safe distance in case debris is flying everywhere from the battery fire.
Move the Vehicle to Safety if Possible
If you feel it is safe, move the car to a safe place where the flames won’t spread to the rest of the house. Should you leave the garage door open? At a minimum, leave the garage door empty to allow airflow.
Call 911 for Help
In previous cases, such as when Jaguar’s I-Pace caught fire and emergency personnel poured flame retardant foam on the vehicle, the owners were lucky they called 911 for help. If your car uses LG battery cells, you should never forget to contact the fire department rather than fight a battery fire by yourself.
Let Your Insurance Company Know
LG battery cells, like the one on the Jaguar I-Pace involved in this latest battery fire, may have specific implications regarding your insurance policy. Therefore, you should call your insurer as soon as possible.
Call a Good Lawyer
With so many recently recalled Jaguar I-Pace electric cars for battery fire risks, now would be a good time to call an experienced lawyer to evaluate your options.
Ehline Law Firm Can Help
We represent all-electric vehicle owners who have faced problems with their cars catching fire through no fault.
- Legal Advice
- Help to get compensation for property damage
- Assistance in suing the car manufacturer
- Medical and lost wage benefits if required.
Visit Ehline Law Firm Today
We speak directly to you if you own a Jaguar I-Pace or any other electric vehicle. Ehline Law is here to help fight for your rights if you are in similar circumstances to I-Pace owner Gonzalo Salazar. Call our law offices today for a free consultation at (833) LETS-SUE.