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Limo Involved in San Mateo Bridge Fire That Killed Five Nurses Recalled

SAN FRANCISCO -- A specialty car manufacturer is recalling the limousine model involved in a 2013 fire that killed five nurses because a rubbing driveshaft may increase the risk of fire.

It's unclear if Accubuilt's recall of about 1,000 limousines manufactured between Jan. 2, 1998 and July 21, 2005 is a direct result of the fire in a 1999 Lincoln Town Car limo.

A company representative did not return a call for comment Wednesday.

The California Highway Patrol says the blaze broke out on the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge because of a catastrophic failure of the rear suspension system. Authorities say the air suspension failure allowed the spinning driveshaft to contact the floor pan, causing friction that ignited carpets and set the limo on fire. No charges were filed.

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