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Renault Scenics burst into flames

Renault Scenics burst into flames

The Mail yesterday reported that a family escaped from a burning Renault Scenic that burst into flames in the middle lane of the M42. This is the second report of such an incident within 6 days.

The family abandoned their car when smoke started to pour from the bonnet as they sat in traffic. Minutes later, the car was ripped apart by an explosion.

Fire crews attended the fire and as a result two lanes of the motorway were closed for 9 hours causing chaos to other motorists.

An eyewitness said,

"I began taking pictures when all of a sudden it went from practically nothing to a fierce ball of flames. It was shocking how quickly it turned. It started popping and then a number of explosions fired pieces of shrapnel across the carriageway.

Smoke and flames shot 100ft into the air. It was like a bomb had gone off. It looked like something from a Hollywood blockbuster. At first people where driving around the car to carry on with their journey but it became so severe all the cars stopped and parked about 100 metres away. No one wanted to go near it.

To read more about this incident, click here.

This is not the first report of a Renault Scenic catching fire. A man died recently in an accident on the M6 after his car was seen to collide with a bridge he was driving under called Bamber Bridge. It bounced off the bridge onto the central reservation before stopping on the hard shoulder where it then exploded. To read more about this click here.


In 2008, the York Press reported that a car had gone up in flames close to the Halifax building society. An eyewitness saw it explode after seeing smoke appear from the bonnet.  To read more go to 

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I had a Renault which caught fire 12/7/13. I had just had the air conditioning fixed. Within 5 minutes of returning home from the garage I had vapour coming out of the vents nearest to the front doors. Then it starting coming out of the middle vents. There was then a popping noise, a smell of smoke, thick white smoke starting coming from dash board where it hits the windscreen along the entire width of the screen. I managed to get out open the doors passenger side and bonnet. I could see a flame at the back of the engine block. I called the fire service and within 5 minutes the car was completely on fire and is now a right off.
Have you had any similar cases, the fire officer allocated to review the cause of the fire via my insurance can not find anything due to damage.

My partner owns a Renault scenic grand it went up in flames on monday 19 may 2014. He got into the car started it and smoke began to come through dashboard then flames he panicked and tried to put it out with his hands only for a elderly man came along told him to get out they both manged to push the car away from other cars and people from local shops ran out with fire extinguisher managed to stop it from blowing up but could not stop the fire till the fire begrade came also the local iris Garda. He is very lacy as the doors would haved locked and he would have not have been able to get out of car thanks to the eldery man thinking quickly.Pic on facebook of car

my scenic caught fire while on holiday in France smoke started coming from the air vents on the dashboard then flames from beside the pedals we managed to get out but I shudder to think what would have happened if we had children strapped in the back as the car was a fireball and completely burnt out in 4 minutes. the car was a low mileage example with a full service history in fact it had a full main dealer service one week before the fire. on my return to the uk the main dealer who I bought the car from refused to discuss the problem and said I should contact Renault UK this I did and asked if the car could be inspected I was told I would have to bring the wreck back to the UK at my expense I explained that the car was a French car at a Renault garage in France could it be inspected there I was astounded that their reply was this wasn't possible as the report would be in French. YOU COULDN'T MAKE IT UP. Renault know of this wiring fault as there have been lots of these fires but they refuse to admit to this and refuse to comment further. I have timed photos and the e mails from them as proof. As an aside my insurers lied to me over my claim which they later admitted to in writing but still refused to pay out. So no car no money ,this happened in June 2013 my car was not the first to catch fire there have been lots since the last I heard of was 5 days ago in Stroud how long can Renault deny there is a problem, any help would be appreciated.

Our Renault Megane Scenic caught fire and blew up within 2 minutes of displaying and electrical fault. We escaped with our lives by 30 seconds. Renault UK are denying it is a problem they have had!! We run a charity and are having to pay for a hire car (out of our own money) as the car was a total write off, so no courtesy car.

My 2005 Diesel Scenic went up in flames yesterday while being driven by my nephew. He had just left the motorway sliproad and come to a stop at some lights when another driver shouted your car is on fire!. He pulled it on to the grass verge and in less than a minute the car wasengulfed in flames.

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