The report, compiled by the Ministry of Public Security, Ministry of Science and Technology and the Ministry of Transport, was released on April 26.
A representative from the Anti-Fire Police Agency said that in 2010-2011, there were 276 car fires and 48 motorbike fires in Vietnam. In the first three months of 2012, the number was 115 cases, injuring three people and causing losses of over VND20 billion ($1 million).
According to the research, fires happened in vehicles that are manufactured by world-wide famous brands like BMW, Mercedes, Ford, Honda, Toyota, Hyundai, Daewoo and Mazda. Major reasons include being burnt, short circuit, traffic accident and getting fires from nearby sources.
There were some abnormal fires that under-qualified gasoline was doubted to be the reason. However, investigation does not verify it.
The Ministry of Public Security and relevant agencies will continue their research of vehicle fires.
The research was carried out at the request of Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, after a series of vehicle fires were reported throughout the country in late 2011 and early 2012.
Earlier, the Ministry of Science and Technology’s Product Quality Management Agency tested 26 samples of gasoline taken from burnt vehicles from December 27, 2011, to March 9, 2012, and concluded that gasoline did not cause fires. Video clips of car fires in Vietnam
At noon of March 2, 2012, a Lexus RX350 worth VND2.5 billion ($120,000) got fire in Ha Dong district, Hanoi.
On February 9, a truck that carried five semi-trucks blazed up on National Highway 1A in the central province of Quang Binh. All five semi-trucks were also burned up. Loss is estimated at VND3 billion ($150,000).
On December 31, 2011, a Ford Escape burst into flame in Dong Ha city, Quang Tri province. Two people on the car were seriously burned.
On December 26, 2011, a Lacetti car blazed up in Bac Giang province.
A Mercedes E300 gave off smoke and got fire on December 18, 2011, in Hanoi Na Son