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Dewalt battery catches fire burning my truck


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This happened 2 years ago and I was quiet about it.  Just so you guys know a dewalt flexvolt battery burned my truck writing it off.  Luckily the fire shorted wiring out turning my headlights on this was at 930 pm before bedtime.  I noticed the lights on so went to check and my truck dash was melted on one side along with the door panel.  When I opened the door the fire started to burn more intensely.  I managed to put the fire out with water I had panicked and burned my hand resulting in third degree burns.  Fire dept was also called to make sure.  The burning vehicle was beside 2 other vehicles and my house.  I can't imagine what would have happened if I didn't notice the headlights on and we went to sleep, it could have burned the other 2 vehicles and my house could have caught fire possibly killing us in our sleep.   Be very wary of your batteries I would store them in a aluminum or steel container just in case.  Any thoughts.

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Welcome to the forum.


That is a scary event. Hopefully your recovery is progressing.


There are no issues related to that problem on the DeWALT Safety Notices and Recalls web page.

 

According to the MSDS the conditions to avoid are: "Avoid exposure to elevated temperatures and fire."

 

Nothing else was located on-line about that problem.

 

Note that Lithium Ion batteries have high energy density and all appropriate handling procedures must be followed.

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I haven't experienced or known anyone around town experience this with their DeWALT batteries. I have had batteries with issues but none caught fire. I personally keep my batteries in a tough system in my garage. Sometimes I might have one battery in the pickup connected to my DeWALT light but otherwise they just get used in the garage.

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I've seen similar to be honest and had a near miss myself with Makita. I put my battery on charge and returned and it was smoking....red hot.

These batteries are powerful things and can fault causing damage like this

Was the pickup hot when you stored the drill in the front.....i.e hot day etc.

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23 hours ago, Paulw6969 said:

Don’t they say when not in use to put the red clip back on ,there way of getting out of a claim I am bugger for it  I don’t all ways or leave it in the tool 

I believe the red clip was just to make it legal for air transport.

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Hello, 

 

We had this exact this happen this morning in our garage around 9am, 12/24/2020, (merry Christmas eve to us). It was the exact model of impact driver you were using. 

 

This needs further looking into at dewalt. I will be contact them. I luckily did not lose anything incredibly valuable, and nobody was injured. 

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On 1/10/2020 at 12:44 PM, wingless said:

Welcome to the forum.


That is a scary event. Hopefully your recovery is progressing.


There are no issues related to that problem on the DeWALT Safety Notices and Recalls web page.

 

According to the MSDS the conditions to avoid are: "Avoid exposure to elevated temperatures and fire."

 

Nothing else was located on-line about that problem.

 

Note that Lithium Ion batteries have high energy density and all appropriate handling procedures must be followed.

1 hour ago, Kyle said:

Hello, 

 

We had this exact this happen this morning in our garage around 9am, 12/24/2020, (merry Christmas eve to us). It was the exact model of impact driver you were using. 

 

This needs further looking into at dewalt. I will be contact them. I luckily did not lose anything incredibly valuable, and nobody was injured. 

Welcome to the forum.

 

There are still zero FlexVolt safety issues issues being reported on the DeWALT site or on the CPSC site.

 

My suggestion is to report the details both to the manufacturer and to the CPSC, instead of only to a forum, so appropriate action may be implemented.

 

There is a reason why the Owner's Manual has four pages of battery and battery charger safety instructions (that everyone fails to read).Lithium Ion batteries have a very high energy density and all safety procedures must be followed.

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One thing that can definitely attribute in a big way to a car battery catching a car on fire is if the batteries hold down isn't tight. A car battery can shift if the holder isn't tightened during hard cornering. The positive terminal on the car battery will be exposed to the hold down that is plastic coated metal.

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My boyfriend left a bunch of his power tools outside in the bed of his truck during a rain storm and they caught fire. How is this possible. Has anyone ever heard of such a thing. We had left our house so I wonder if someone deliberately caused this fire or if it's possible for them to catch fire in the rain. I know it sounds crazy. We have cameras outside that record but can not recover the feed of the time while this occurred when we were gone. Is it possible someone did this and hacked our camera system?

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May 21, 2021 my half inch impact ( made by dewalt) caught fire in my tool box. Very intense fire. Caused over 4500$ dollars damage to my 2005 gmc 1500. The truck was cherry condition,no rust never driven in the winter. Firemen saved my truck and said it happens often... even more when the battery is in the charger.

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