A brand new 2015 GMC Yukon met an unfortunate fate Sunday when the redesigned full-size SUV burst into flames while a prospective customer was out on a test drive in Anaheim, CA.
According to the Los Angeles Times and KTLA, the occupants of the car were caught off guard when smoke suddenly began to fill the cabin. The driver could not fully control the vehicle, but managed to pull it to the side of the road in a residential neighborhood where they abandoned the SUV.
No one was injured as a result of the fire, which The Times reports could possibly be the result of an oil leak. The Anaheim Fire Department arrived on scene and put the blaze out within 15 minutes.
“We’re very lucky that no one got hurt, and it was in an area that was safe,” said Anaheim police Lt. Tim Schmidt. “If there was any place that was going to be safe, it would be this area. It’s very open. It worked out for us.”
General Motors said they are “working urgently” on the issue and have a “team of investigators traveling to Anaheim to learn what they can about the fire,” in an emailed statement to Jalopnik.
KTLA’s report on the incident is just below.