View the video below to learn about a broad overview of the fleet battery disconnect switch program. You are encouraged to contact your Loss Control Specialist if you have additional questions.
Vehicle fires due to an electrical short or failure are relatively common across the country-particularly in large vehicles that use higher amperage batteries and typically have sophisticated electronic add-ons installed on the vehicle. Vehicle fires can also occur from other sources such as, but not limited to: overheated vehicle members, fuel leaks, and/or faulty equipment. CVMIC recognizes the severe nature of vehicle fires due to an electrical short or other source relative to other physical types of loss. In fact, to date, CVMIC has paid out almost $700,000 in direct vehicle losses due to major vehicle fires alone. Fortunately, none of these covered losses resulted in a chain reaction “catastrophic loss” of multiple vehicles and/or structures that has been long feared. In the end, the major member risk the program is attempting to control is a continuity of operations risk. In other words, this program is designed to reduce the likelihood of vehicle fires that could result in a catastrophic loss to a fleet and/or structure therefore preventing or limiting essential member services and creating a financial hardship for our members and their respective employees and citizens.
Several other pools around the country have begun efforts to promote the installation of battery disconnect (shut-off) switches to reduce the likelihood of chain reaction vehicle fires and catastrophic vehicle loss. Specifically, the Michigan Road Commission Pool has successfully implemented a similar program for the past 10 years. In addition, the New York Municipal Insurance Reciprocal (NYMIR) has also published several documents on preventing vehicle fires with the recommendation of installing battery disconnect switches.
It should be noted that industry service mechanics, fleet managers, and public works officials were also consulted during the development phase of this program.
New commercial vehicles must be specified and ordered with an appropriate battery disconnect switch. Existing fleet vehicles included the program are the following: Any commercial vehicle including, but not limited to: refuse/sanitation, plow, and utility vehicles as designated on the CVMIC fleet schedule and/or at the discretion of CVMIC. Protective service vehicles, off-road, and other non-commercial vehicles are excluded at this time. Note: excluded vehicles can be voluntarily included at the discretion of the member.
Battery Disconnect Switches:
Two different battery disconnect switches will be offered. For pre-2012 model year vehicles and/or those without the need for a delayed switch, CVMIC will pay for the Flaming River brand disconnect switch model #FR1005LED or #FR1044 if additional terminal space is needed. For 2012 and newer vehicles or vehicles that need a delayed switch, CVMIC will pay for the Flaming River brand disconnect switch model #FR1052-electro-wizard and the model #FR1055 6-min relay. Vehicles with a switch already installed must be similar in function and specification to the Flaming River brand. Members will order their own switches using the CVMIC account at Flaming River. Members will not be expected to pay for the switches.
Battery Switch Ordering Information:
*You will need to provide the Make, Year, and last 4 digits of the each vehicle’s VIN number when ordering.
Each member will be responsible for proper and safe installation of the battery switches. For new vehicles these will be factory installed. When retro-fitting vehicles a qualified mechanic must oversee the work. You should check with the manufacturer to ensure proper routing of cables and installation. This may include in-house mechanics and/or outside vendors. Truck Country in Wisconsin in familiar with our program. If you would like an installation quote please contact-Tom Foeckler at (414) 761-3384 or email him at TomFoeckler@truckcountry.com
Contact your CVMIC Loss Control Specialist for details! 800-890-3159