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Sen. Nelson Demands Answers From NHTSA About Car Safety

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Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

By    |   Wednesday, 13 June 2018 04:15 PM

Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., requested Wednesday quick action from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to discover what is causing vehicles to suddenly catch fire in recent years, The Hill has reported.

"Spontaneous fires are serious safety hazards and should not be taken lightly," Nelson wrote in a letter to NHSTA Deputy Administrator Heidi King. "We have to find out what is causing these fires and what can be done to prevent them. Owners need to know if their vehicles are safe. As a result, NHTSA must quickly identify and adequately address any serious safety issues."

The senator wrote multiple questions and also included different reports from the media about such occurrences with vehicles.

"In one such instance that Nelson referenced, a woman in Florida was driving a car when she got out and suddenly the vehicle was engulfed in flames and was totaled within a few minutes," WCJB reported.

She was shocked to find out her car was under a safety recall involving an engine defect and that she had not been informed about it.

The letter from Nelson comes a day after the Center for Auto Safety asked NHSTA to investigate fires of Kia and Hyundai vehicles made between 2011 and 2014.

"When these Kia and Hyundai vehicles are compared to other similar vehicles that were manufactured at the same time, there is enough of a statistical disparity to suggest a systemic issue that NHTSA must investigate and seek a repair remedy as soon as possible," Center for Auto Safety executive director Jason Levine said in a statement.

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To discover what is causing vehicles to suddenly catch fire in recent years, Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., has requested quick action from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), according to The Hill.
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