Why Are So Many Mail Trucks Bursting Into Flames?
In the last six years, more than 400 United States Postal Service mail trucks have burst into flames, sometimes right in the middle of the neighborhoods where postal workers are delivering mail.
Right now, there are more than 140,000 of these trucks still on the road. Inside Edition’s Investigative Unit spoke with Sean Kane, a leading expert in automotive safety.
“They’re putting the public at risk, they’re putting the driver at risk, they’re putting property at risk,” Kane told Inside Edition.
He pointed to the age of the mail trucks, as a “significant factor” behind the blazes—many of them are more than 30 years old.
The USPS told Inside Edition, “The safety of our employees is of foremost importance.” The agency says it is planning to replace the trucks and “has implemented mandated maintenance schedules and preventative maintenance inspection procedures for the existing postal service fleet.”