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PostPosted: Wed Oct 14, 2015 4:30 pm 
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The electronic trunk release heated up and started a fire in the trunk melting all wiring and burning the carpet and plastic. I would have thought a fuse should have blown before heating up and starting a fire. Melted the cable so the trunk would not open with the button or with the key. When smoke started coming into the back seat area of the car, opened up trap door in back seat to trunk area and flames were about 10 inches high. Used some squirt bottles to put out flames and called Fire Dept. They pried the trunk open with crowbar and finished putting out all fire and carpet. Anyone know why this would have happened or how to prevent it from happening again.
Thanks for any info or help!


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 14, 2015 4:40 pm 
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That's terrible! It sounds like there is quite a bit of damage between the fire and having the trunk pried open. Just curious... did you have and/or try a key to open the trunk?

Start by checking the fuse for the circuit the trunk release is on to ensure it's the correct amperage and no one has modified the circuit in any way (adding other accessories, etc).

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 16, 2015 4:23 pm 
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I tried the key to open the trunk with the key, but the key switch attaches to a cable that goes to the trunk latch release. When the fire started, it melted the cable so the key would not open the trunk. The fuse is correct and no accessories have been added to the car. I spoke with GM claim representative and he requested I send photos of the car and the fire report from the Fire Department that responded. He mentioned several times that the car was 19 years old, but I told him it could have killed someone if the fire had spread and could have burned down the house the car was parked beside.


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 16, 2015 5:02 pm 
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You should also contact the NHTSA.

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 16, 2015 6:03 pm 
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ddalder wrote:
You should also contact the NHTSA.

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 17, 2015 1:23 am 
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I suspect the fire department did not identify the root cause. These can sometimes be tricky. We had a new Tahoe burn up at work and ended up hiring a fire investigator familiar with this type of event to identify the ultimate cause. As it turned out, my thoughts were correct only I don't have certification in this field to put anything official on paper. Ours was not an OEM fault.

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