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Engine Trouble? Check For Curly Fries

How can a fast food treat lead to reduced engine power in your car? Find out in this delicious story from the Hall of Claims

It was a rainy, chilly evening in the Pacific Northwest, which is pretty similar to the other 364 days of the year in the region. After an exhausting day of doctor’s appointments, a woman returned home with her elderly mother and a bag containing the retiree’s favorite fast food for dinner. As she gently helped her mother out of the family’s new car, the bag she was holding hit the driveway and an order of curly fries tumbled out. Disregarding the five-second rule, she decided to leave the fries in the driveway and continued into the house.


After dinner, the woman’s husband wandered outside to clean up the mess, but the curly fries and paper bag had vanished without a trace. He assumed a crow, a common local scavenger, swooped down and carried off the food.


Days later, a warning light flashed in the woman’s car. Coincidence? Apparently not.


A visit to the dealership revealed a curious message from the vehicle’s warning indicator readout: reduced engine power. After some exploratory surgery that involved dismantling the entire engine, an automotive specialist sent the couple a picture clearly showing several curly fries and a paper bag jammed into a corner of the engine compartment. The conclusion? Hot, salty fries lured a mouse for dinner, and a warm car engine provided the perfect ambiance for the meal. After dinner, the mouse chewed through electrical wiring in the engine.


The Resolution: Under the car owner’s auto insurance policy, Insurance Holdings® covered the damage, rental car fees and uneaten curly fry removal.

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