Gas Tank & Fuel Line Defect Attorneys
Fuel system defects have been linked to a large number of vehicle fires 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 are still alive and trapped inside an automobile engulfed in flames. When a fuel tank catches fire, it can quickly lead to passengers suffering horrific burn injuries or death.
Contacting an auto 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 helping people whose lives have been turned upside down due to negligence, carelessness, and wrongdoing. We've recovered billions and are prepared to see how we can help with your fuel system defect case. Contact us today!
Fuel Tank Fires & Explosions
Between 1999 and 2003, an average of 325,000+ car fires occurred annually as a result of fuel tank explosions. These were responsible for 400+ fatalities. 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 GM 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, 1,000+ people were killed as the result of fire accidents involving these trucks.
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.
Fuel System Defect FAQ
What are the common signs of a fuel system problem?
Knowing how to spot a potential problem with your vehicle’s fuel system can save you a lot of trouble—and even help you avoid an accident or injury. If you notice a problem, see your mechanic as quickly as possible to find out what’s wrong.
The following are potential signs of a fuel pump or other fuel system issue:
- You’ve noticed a whining noise coming from the fuel tank.
- The engine is sputtering or stalling, particularly at high temperatures.
- You’re getting low gas mileage.
- Your car will not start, or you’ve been having difficulty starting it.
- Your vehicle is jerking or sputtering at high speeds.
- You lose power when accelerating, driving uphill, or towing a load.
Such issues could occur due to a defective part or poor maintenance. If you were already injured in an accident, fire, or explosion caused by an issue with your vehicle’s fuel system, be sure to involve an attorney who can help you find the underlying cause and seek justice.
What causes issues with fuel systems?
A fuel system issue may be caused by a failing fuel pump, dirty fuel filter, or faulty fuel injector. These parts, if improperly designed or manufactured, can cause serious problems that lead to complete fuel system failure—and place your life at risk if a fire or explosion results. Manufacturers, distributors, and other entities can be held legally accountable for fuel system failure caused by unsafe designs or manufacturing defects. At Arnold & Itkin, our product liability team can help determine what caused your fuel system to fail and who should be held responsible.
Do I have a lawsuit based on a fuel system defect?
Manufacturers, including those that design and produce fuel injectors, fuel pumps, and all parts of a motor vehicle, have an obligation to create products that are free from defects. This means that they should be designed properly and manufactured without faults that would cause them to fail. If your vehicle’s fuel system malfunctioned or failed in any way—and you were seriously injured as a result—you could have a lawsuit against the manufacturer or other at-fault party. The best way to find out whether you have a case is by scheduling a free, private consultation with one of our experienced team members. Our firm has an unparalleled record of wins for the injured and wronged, and we’re ready to see how we can assist you.
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. 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 a skilled professional. Contact a product liability attorney at Arnold & Itkin today for your free, private consultation.