Chevy Silverado catches fire in traffic in Florida

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Updated Mar 22, 2019

A 2007 Chevy Silverado caught fire while being driven down a highway in Stuart, Fla. on Monday.

The driver, who was alerted to the blaze while driving on Southeast Federal Highway near U.S. Highway 1, pulled the truck over and escaped without injuries.

Firefighters from Stuart Fire Rescue used foam to extinguish the fire.

In 2008, GM had recalled roughly 850,000 vehicles, among those the 2007 Chevy Silverado, because of a fire risk owed to a faulty heated wiper washer system (NHTSA Campaign Number 08V441000).

A short on the system’s circuit board was to blame for overheating a ground wire which in rare cases could lead to a fire. Dealers at the time installed a wire harness with an in-line fuse on affected vehicles. It’s not clear if the truck that burned in Stuart was part of that recall.