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Old 09-Feb-2009, 02:26 PM
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Remote Car Starters Causing fires? Fact? or Fiction?

I'm looking at getting a compustar remote starter/alarm installed. I know a bunch of people who has them installed and use it on a regular basis and never had any issues. I have also heard a lot about the starters causing fires. Just wondering how accurate that is? And what might be the reasons why it has happened.

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i have a compustart in my civic, and no issues so far, have had it for couple of months now. the fire issue might have been related un-proper install. as long as you get it installed professionally i think you should be OK, unless the installer is crack head.
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I have never heard of them causing fires. Any links to this info?
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Old 09-Feb-2009, 06:36 PM
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Ive been using remote car starters in my vehicles for over 6 years now without and problems, Ive actually been using the same compustar unit for over 3 years without any issues to speak of. As someone else had mentioned the fires were most likely linked to improper install or something like that.
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Originally Posted by R3dLine View Post
I'm looking at getting a compustar remote starter/alarm installed. I know a bunch of people who has them installed and use it on a regular basis and never had any issues. I have also heard a lot about the starters causing fires. Just wondering how accurate that is? And what might be the reasons why it has happened.

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Old 09-Feb-2009, 10:27 PM
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LOL ... trust me I'll be getting it professionally installed, I personally wouldn't want to mess around with all that wiring.

I've just heard about the possibility of remote starters causing fires through word of mouth, that's why I wanted to see what you all thought or knew about it.
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Never heard of them causing fires..

but if they did, it would be as the others have said and they were installed wrong.
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I have never heard of them catching fire, and we have them installed alot on customers vehicles.
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Thanks for all of your input I feel a bit more relieved now!
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any electrical device installed in a car can cause a fire if not installed properly.
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Make sure the installer is qualified
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I've had a compustar 2way alarm/starter for over 6 years now and my car has never caught on fire.
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Been doing starters and alarms for 15 yrs. The problem you talk about is some cheep units do not come with proper fusing and or relay size. This becomes a major problem when something does short. If the wiring or relays are not sized properly they will burn. It is not a common problem and if you have a professional do the install it's not a problem.
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