Vehicle engine failure analysis
A ten-year old vehicle with over 167,000 miles was involved in a fire that inflicted damage to a surrounding structure. Prior fire investigative efforts identified the vehicle’s engine compartment as the area where the fire originated, but offered no specific cause. Our experts performed a failure analysis of the vehicle’s remains augmented by available scene documentation. Our analysis identified the specific aftermarket vehicle component that caused the fire. We also identified the specific design deficiency that resulted in a favorable Federal Court verdict on behalf of the insurance company that was subrogating against the vehicle’s manufacturer.