The lower portion of the instrument panel in some minivans near the wiring harness, cigarette lighter and controls for the heating and AC system might cause electrical activity that emanates from the wires or connectors in this area. In some minivans, the electrical components may fail and result in a fire, even though the ignition key is in the “off” position. In some cases, a fire may start at the interior driver and center dash area if there is a failure of the wiring harness conductors and/or the adjacent components which are located at the interior center or driver side dash area of the vehicle. A fire in a minivan that originates in the dashboard may be caused if there is an electrical malfunction within the dashboard. An electrical malfunction in the dashboard area can lead to a large current drain and this may cause a fire in the vehicle. An electrical abnormality related to the wiring harness of the electronic cluster board may cause this type of fire in a vehicle. A faulty connection at the rear of the cigarette lighter socket might also cause a fire in a vehicle. Combustible materials, such as electrical wiring insulation, plastic wire ties, and plastic electrical connectors can all serve as fuel sources which can start an off-key electrical dashboard fire in a vehicle. These types of fires can result from a failure in the wiring harness under the dashboard and may cause a fatality when the car quickly fills with smoke. An electrical wire in a harness may short in such a way that it becomes very hot and this may cause the vinyl coating on the wire, and those wires surrounding it, to melt and then ignite. This type of dashboard fire can consume the interior of a vehicle very quickly and cause fatalities.