A Harrison Arkansas woman barely got away when her 2003 Chevy Impala exploded. Her car along with one million others are under recall.
Heather Fleming can tell her story, because two men saw what she couldn’t.
“I wouldn’t be here because I had no intention to get out of that car. I would have been in it,” she said.
While driving home on highway 65, Heather says her gas pedal wasn’t right.
“It made a little noise. It felt different. You know when your car feels different,” she said.
She pulled over and waited for her boyfriend to pick her up.
“Next thing I know there’s some guy running over. He’s like, fire! Fire! Within five minutes, the car completely exploded. I’m talking out of the movies is what it looked like,” said Fleming.
Heather says she did not know her car was under a safety recall for a underhood fire risk. She called General Motors after this happened.
“When I received this recall in the mail, on Friday … four days after my car exploded … that’s when I got furious. This is definitely something I would have taken care of,” she said.
She’s stuck with the tow bill and borrowing a friend’s car. But she’ll tell you, she’s blessed because of two strangers.
“I know that they are angels. I know they saved my life and I wish I would have gotten their names,” she said.
General Motors tells Contact KY3 … since the car was scrapped, they cannot do a full investigation on the exact cause of the fire. Because of that — it’s not clear if Heather will get any recourse.
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