NTSB says electric vehicle battery fires pose risks to first responders

Electric Cars Battery Fires
Posted at 10:49 AM, Jan 13, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-13 13:49:15-05

DETROIT (AP) -- U.S. safety investigators say electric vehicle fires pose risks to first responders, and manufacturers have inadequate guidelines to keep them safe.

The National Transportation Safety Board also said in an 80-page report Wednesday there are gaps in industry safety standards and research on high-voltage lithium-ion battery fires, especially in high-speed, severe crashes.

The agency has no enforcement powers and can only make recommendations. It called for manufacturers to write up vehicle-specific response guides for fighting battery fires and limiting chemical thermal runaway and reignition.