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Mr Ray Duff

Professional Description:

Forensic engineer specialising in the investigation of failure, vehicle fire, manufacturing defects, personal injury and loss

Area of work:

Available nationwide and international


Ray Duff is a forensic engineer, specialising in the investigation of failure including vehicle fire, manufacturing defects, personal injury and loss.

He offers full range of forensic investigative services for a wide range of clients including vehicle manufacturers, original equipment suppliers, solicitors, loss adjusters, insurers, and other automobile organisations, delivering unbiased expertise in fires and alleged defects.

Having investigated over 3000 vehicle fires and 280 non-fire incidents during his 25 years for Ford Motor Co. Ray has led investigations worldwide (including Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Ireland, UK, Spain, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Greece, France and Germany). This extensive field experience, together with the vast amount of product information, has given him an unique expertise for vehicle fire and defect investigations. Reports and recommendations being clear and concise, have always been accepted without question or exception, including those that the manufacturer should accept liability.

Ray has investigated 3300 vehicle fire and non-fire cases accurately determining what happened in each case. Being experienced in multiple territories he ensures utilisation and compliance of the relevant protocol and processes for the specific region and supply a detailed high-quality data driven report that would support the conclusion, assist in prompt agreement and, subsequent settlement.

He has also led engineering teams to investigate reports of road traffic collisions, some fatal, supporting various police forces, fire service, DVSA and government bodies in the UK and Ireland and supported high-profile litigation cases, including attending court and Coroners Inquests on behalf of Ford in the UK, Ireland, and South Africa.

Services include:
Automotive thermal event/fire investigation
Vehicle fire, including reconstruction
Vehicle rollaway after parking brake set
Risk engineering
Material and product inspection and testing
Product liability and rejection
Litigation and Expert witness support
Cause and effect, design analysis testing and reconstruction
Metallurgy, X-Ray, SEM and Chemistry
Road traffic collision investigation
Restraints and crash data analysis
Vehicle fire investigation training
Collision data module analysis
Instrument panel facia fire
Exhaust fumes in passenger compartment
Alternator pulley break up, seizure or fire
Engine overheat and consequential failure
Clutch overheat, fragmentation and/or fire
Brake system failure
High voltage cables overheat
Impartial review of OEM safety issue decisions
Loss due to manufacturing defect/issue


Mr Duff has undertaken constant and ongoing external fire training in addition to daily updates/training on production and potential design issues. This experience has allowed him to conduct comprehensive laboratory analysis, in-house fire propagation, product and alleged defect testing.

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