Post Office Delivery Trucks Keep Catching on Fire

Since May 2014, at least 407 LLVs have been damaged or destroyed in fires, or approximately one every five days, according to documents obtained by Motherboard via a Freedom of Information Act request.

Do you work for the Post Office? Do you know anything about the LLV fires or other challenges due to the budget crisis? Send an email to the reporter at aaron.gordon@vice.com.

Motherboard reviewed 3,954 pages of documents regarding the LLV fires. The vast majority of those documents were investigation reports conducted by two different engineering firms that USPS hired to identify the cause of the fires. Those firms, Trident Engineering and Rimkus Consulting Group, declined to be interviewed by Motherboard citing confidentiality clauses in their contracts with USPS, which the USPS refused to release them from in order to discuss their findings. Kim Frum, a USPS spokesperson, said she was “unable to provide information” about whether or not there were injuries as a result of any fires.

In 125 cases, the trucks were so thoroughly destroyed that the investigators were unable to identify a probable fire cause. Of the remaining 282 fires where investigators could identify a likely cause, the only pattern was that there was no pattern.


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Sad…It’s only gonna get worse…

I used to fix them for the Post Office. Too many different contractors having a hand in maintaining them. Cheap parts, too. Too many modifications. Fuel lines too close to engine and exhaust manifold.

Maybe putting a fire extinguisher in every truck would help.

The fuse box is a joke and when it rains the windshield leaks and the water runs down into the fuse box. Over time the fuse box gets corroded and that will or is a problem. Fuses are always hot to the touch all the time.