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Old 12-22-2013, 10:41 PM
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Exclamation Fire Warning - Clear Plastic Drink Bottles

Hi guys, just loaded up to head South for a few days. Had the doors open and water bottles in the doors. Jumped in and hit the key to prime the aircon... then noticed smoke starting to billow out of the driver's door. It was soon apparent that the full, clear water bottle had acted as a magnifying glass to the sun, creating heat beyond the plastic's tolerance.

I reckon "it would have happened" had I not been there. Be careful peeps.





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Old 12-22-2013, 11:44 PM
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Re: Fire Warning - Clear Plastic Drink Bottles

How long was the door open.
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Old 12-23-2013, 05:11 AM
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Re: Fire Warning - Clear Plastic Drink Bottles

10 minutes tops. Probably 5.

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Old 12-23-2013, 06:36 AM
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Re: Fire Warning - Clear Plastic Drink Bottles

Wow, I never would have considered that a possibility. Thanks for the heads up.
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Old 12-23-2013, 07:09 PM
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Re: Fire Warning - Clear Plastic Drink Bottles

Amazing! Sell the story to one of the TV networks
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Re: Fire Warning - Clear Plastic Drink Bottles

I think that ACA did a similar story about the same issue when the WJ's came out. They claimed that jeeps were fire hazards - god forbid that the same thing could have happened to any other car and it was the type of bottles.
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Old 12-24-2013, 12:32 AM
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Re: Fire Warning - Clear Plastic Drink Bottles

Thanks for the heads up Steve, could have been nasty
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Re: Fire Warning - Clear Plastic Drink Bottles

Did anyone notice in the door where the drink holder is it has an imprint of a bottle in a circle with a line through it (like a no smoking sign)?
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Did anyone notice in the door where the drink holder is it has an imprint of a bottle in a circle with a line through it (like a no smoking sign)?
Yes, I had seen it and assumed Steve had as well but perhaps hadn't pointed it out to his passenger and hadn't noticed that said passenger had popped the bottle in there. Guessing though...?
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Re: Fire Warning - Clear Plastic Drink Bottles

Actually Archcat, both you and I have interpreted the symbol incorrectly. Husband hadn't noticed it and I just pointed it out to him and he says, it is saying no only to drinks with straw lids but drink bottles with caps are ok. I think he's right.

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Actually Archcat, both you and I have interpreted the symbol incorrectly. Husband hadn't noticed it and I just pointed it out to him and he says, it is saying no only to drinks with straw lids but drink bottles with caps are ok. I think he's right.

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Yep... "lids only" is the intent of the symbol. You can imagine some peanut lowering his latte glass in there

I had to laugh though. It's clearly a bottle holder guys!

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I had to laugh though. It's clearly a bottle holder guys!
Yeah well... I suppose it is - but I would never use it for such and have never in any vehicle. I always use the centre console ones for drinks. The angle of the bottle on the door panel just annoys me.

You are right though - drink bottle holder for sure.
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