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If the vehicle was defective, then you can definitely sue the manufacturer for any costs that you have incurred due to their putting a defective product in the stream of commerce. But if the dealer's actions were covered under warranty, then you might not have much in damages unless you missed work or something like that if they didn't provide a loaner car or your insurance didn't cover one.
Unfortunately, you can't sue the manufacturer for what could have happened...the courts only award damages for actual injuries, not potential ones. So you can't sue someone for "almost" hitting you, they have to actually do so. With that said, if you weren't injured and didn't lose any personal property in the vehicle due to the fire, then it would be difficult to sue them for anything over what you had invested in the car.