First responders ‘at risk of electrocution from hybrid and electric cars after serious accidents’
- SAE International said in a report that hybrid and electric cars need industry-wide identification that first responders can use
- After an accident, hybrid cars can be extremely dangerous to rescue workers because of increased battery size combined with electricity
Firefighters and other first responders are putting themselves at a serious risk for injury or even death when responding to hybrid and electric car crashes, an industry panel revealed this week.
The danger comes with the increased size of those vehicles’ battery packs and becomes potentially deadly for those dealing with wrecked vehicles.
Members of SAE International, formerly known as the Society of Automotive Engineers, said in a report that hybrid electric cars must be installed with industry-wide safety measures and warnings so rescue workers know ahead of time what they’re dealing with.