Engineering and Root Cause Analysis of Motorcoach Fires

The goal of this project was to conduct an engineering analysis of 10 motorcoach fires to see what insights it gave regarding root causes of motorcoach fires. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Special Crash Investigations unit evaluated incidents and conducted detailed engineering root cause analysis. Root cause analysis is a proven method for investigating, categorizing, and ultimately eliminating, root causes of incidents with safety, health, environmental, quality, reliability, and production-process impacts. The Root Cause Analysis System enables the generation of specific, concrete recommendations for preventing incident recurrences.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Program information: Improve Safety of CMVs


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $200,000
  • Contract Numbers:


  • Sponsor Organizations:

    National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, D.C.  United States  20590

    Department of Transportation

    Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC    20590
  • Project Managers:

    Ajayi, Olu

  • Performing Organizations:

    Institute of Internal Auditors

    247 Maitland Avenue
    Altamonte Springs, FL  United States  32701

    Calspan Corporation

    4455 Genesee Street
    Buffalo, NY  United States  14225
  • Principal Investigators:

    Brody, John

    Chidester, Augustus

  • Start Date: 20090930
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20110228
  • Source Data: RiP Project 35247

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01492450
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Department of Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: DTMC75-08-N-00050
  • Files: RIP
  • Created Date: Sep 10 2013 1:00AM