Fuel System Defects
Fuel system defects have been linked to a large number of vehicle fire accidents throughout the country. The fires and explosions that these defects can cause may result in severe burn injuries and even death. Generally, in a defective fuel tank accident, passengers may be injured, but still alive and trapped inside an automobile engulfed in flames. When a fuel tank caches fire, it can quickly lead to passengers suffering horrific burn injuries or death.
Contacting an automobile product liability attorney is a crucial step to take if you or someone you know was injured in a vehicle fire or explosion caused by a defective fuel system. A manufacturer that has produced a defective or poorly designed fuel tank or fuel system should be held liable for any injuries caused by its flaws. Because these cases are complex and can be difficult to handle, it is best to involve a skilled lawyer.
We at Arnold & Itkin have dedicated our careers to assisting individuals and families whose lives have been turned upside down due to negligence, carelessness and general wrongdoing. We have recovered billions and are prepared to see how we can help with your fuel system defect claim or lawsuit.
Fuel Tank Fires & Explosions
Between 1999 and 2003, an average of more than 325,000 automobile fires occurred each year as a result of fuel tank explosions. These were responsible for more than 400 fatalities.
Although consumer safety advocates and automobile manufacturers unanimously agree that passengers who have survived an automobile crash should not be presented with the danger of a fire from a fuel tank explosion, these continue to occur. In most cases, explosions can be linked to fuel leaks after an accident. Fuel leaks after an accident can be attributed to the improper design and positioning of the fuel tank system.
Improper placement of a tank was responsible for several explosions and fires in General Motors pickups and trucks. More than 10 million GM trucks had a side saddle tank design that was integrated to achieve a more power fuel driving range with a 40 gallon capacity tank. This was achieved through the installation of two 20 gallon tanks that were placed outside the frame rails. This design was approved against the advice of engineers who warned that the installation of tanks outside the frame would increase the risk of fuel leakage in the event of an accident. Between 1973 and 2000, more than 1,000 people were killed as the result of fire accidents involving these trucks.
Ford Motor Company has been involved in lawsuits over the faulty fuel tank design of its Pinto model. The tank system design placed it at a high risk for rupture during a rear end collision sue to its lack of a solid rear bumper.
Fuel Tank Design Defects
Improper positioning of a tank that exposes it to the risk of gas or fuel leaks has been responsible for thousands of explosions and fire. Beside placement defects, there can be a lack of barriers, increasing the possibility of a puncture.
Some common examples of fuel tank design defects include the following:
- The fuel tank system may lack a cut-off device to stop the flow of gas during a collision.
- There may be poor welding that can cause the tank to rupture.
- There may be a separation of the gas line from the tank or pump.
Talk to a Defective Product Lawyer about Your Rights
Defective auto parts, including fuel tanks and fuel systems, can lead to the severe injury or death of unsuspecting vehicle passengers. With medical costs, the emotional trauma of the incident itself, lost earnings and an uncertain future, this scenario may be overwhelming for a victim and his or her family. Do not lose hope—involve a defective product lawyer who can protect your rights and seek maximum compensation for the injuries you have experienced.
Discuss your rights, questions, and concerns with an attorney. Contact a product liability attorney today.