Windscreen Heater - Fire Hazard

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ScotsTyke
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Windscreen Heater - Fire Hazard

Post by ScotsTyke » Wed Apr 07, 2021 8:48 pm

Started my 1 week old Disco Sport to warm up and put the windscreen heater on as we had snow in scotland - 10 minutes later the cabin was full of smoke and the passenger side windscreen pillar glowing red behind the trim :shock:

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Re: Windscreen Heater - Fire Hazard

Post by joe p » Thu Apr 08, 2021 8:55 am

Yikes, that doesn't sounds like fun at all.

Intrigued to know what your dealer has said about it?
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Re: Windscreen Heater - Fire Hazard

Post by Wensleydale » Thu Apr 08, 2021 10:56 am

Thanks for joining the forum with that story. Hopefully a one off as never heard of it before.
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Re: Windscreen Heater - Fire Hazard

Post by Just Will » Thu Apr 08, 2021 12:32 pm

Doesn’t fill me with much confidence but as above hopefully it’s a one off. Doesn’t help you though mate. Surely you’ll get a new car replacement and a courtesy car whilst waiting for it?
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Re: Windscreen Heater - Fire Hazard

Post by flycop2000 » Thu Apr 08, 2021 1:22 pm

Please keep us updated on the outcome from the Dealer about this.
I just picked up my new car this morning and have used the heated windscreen constantly on all my previous cars during the winter as I have to get up early in the mornings.

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Re: Windscreen Heater - Fire Hazard

Post by Chippy » Thu Apr 08, 2021 2:21 pm

Just a thought and I may well be wrong but I’m not sure that the system is actually intended to clear snow.

Certainly not actually confidence building that’s for sure.
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Re: Windscreen Heater - Fire Hazard

Post by Wensleydale » Tue Apr 13, 2021 1:46 pm

Well no update in a week. The OP hasn't logged in since posting this as their first post..wonder if it is a genuine post???Thinking Sarah Street was so right
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Re: Windscreen Heater - Fire Hazard

Post by Chippy » Tue Apr 13, 2021 1:52 pm

Wensleydale wrote:
Tue Apr 13, 2021 1:46 pm
Well no update in a week. The OP hasn't logged in since posting this as their first post..wonder if it is a genuine post???Thinking Sarah Street was so right
Who knows Wensleydale. Perhaps the second part of their forum name tells us something.
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Re: Windscreen Heater - Fire Hazard

Post by Dashnine » Tue Apr 13, 2021 2:06 pm

It's also such an odd thing to happen, heated windscreens have been around for quite a while (to the point where they're now out of Fords patent) and I've never heard of this happening before. Quite a few things need to go wrong before you end up with "the passenger side windscreen pillar glowing red", fuses, etc.
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Re: Windscreen Heater - Fire Hazard

Post by sandbox » Tue Apr 13, 2021 3:01 pm

You also don’t need to turn on the heated windscreen as it comes on automatically depending on outside ambient temperature.
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