Jeep Fires and Auto Defect Attorney in Atlanta
Despite the popularity of Jeep motor vehicles, they have consistently been at the heart of controversy due to life-threatening product defects. Jeep’s manufacturing company, Fiat Chrysler America (FCA) continuously fails to respond appropriately to reports of dangers, defects and serious injuries related to their vehicles. At Butler Wooten & Peak LLP, we believe FCA is grossly negligent in how it has handled its unsafe vehicles and aim to bring the company to justice on behalf of injured victims.
If you were seriously injured or a loved one was killed in a Jeep fire, please contact our law firm to discuss a civil claim. We believe FCA should take responsibility for its careless actions and for continuing to ignore the significant problems with its Jeeps. We are proud to be the only law firm to successfully take FCA to court for a product defect and can help you understand the steps to bringing your claim. Call (866) 615-8140 today for a free Jeep defect accident consultation.
Why Choose Us?
- Our results prove our capabilities in and out of court. Our attorneys have won numerous verdicts and settlements over the years, with results totaling in the billions. This includes a landmark case against FCA in 2015 for the death of a young boy in a burning Jeep Grand Cherokee.
- Our lawyers are relentlessly aggressive in their pursuit of justice, especially against powerful corporations like Fiat Chrysler America that continuously put consumers’ lives at risk through their negligence. We believe litigation is the key to ultimately improving public safety on an institutional level.
- Our lawyers care about you as a person, not just another personal injury case. We are passionate about Jeep defect cases because of our desire to see changes on an institutional level for better all-around public safety. As your lawyers, we will tailor our legal services to fit your unique needs.
- Our client-driven law firm represents those injured in Jeep accidents on a contingency fee basis. This arrangement means no upfront costs for you and no attorney’s fees at the end of your case unless we achieve a positive verdict or settlement on your behalf. Our goal is to make high-quality legal representation available to all those in need.
Why Do You Need a Lawyer?
It is important to arm yourself with an aggressive legal team in a lawsuit against major defendants such as FCA. Bringing a strong product liability case against a vehicle manufacturer takes an in-depth knowledge of the law, the defendant and the subject at hand. Our attorneys have learned precisely how to negotiate and litigate cases against Fiat Chrysler America from first-hand experience. We won against FCA in 2015 and look forward to doing it again for future clients.
Hiring an attorney to represent you during a Jeep fire lawsuit can give you the power to force FCA to take responsibility for its actions. Again and again, FCA has shirked its duties and tried to evade accountability for consumer injuries and deaths. With help from a lawyer, you can put a stop to this cycle. We can make FCA hear your story during the pursuit of fair compensation for your losses. No corporation or insurance company will take advantage of you when you have a lawyer representing your interests.
Aside from protecting your rights, a lawyer can also use professional resources and connections to strengthen your product liability claim. A law firm will have the equipment, personnel and connections you need for a strong case against FCA. Your lawyer can investigate your auto accident, pull police reports and medical records, hire crash experts, and gather evidence to help you prove your case. Hiring an attorney will improve your odds of obtaining fair and full compensation for your serious damages.
Which Jeep Models Have Defects?
You could have an auto defect case against Fiat Chrysler America whether or not your Jeep model has previously been involved in recalls or lawsuits. Always consult with an attorney before assuming you do not have grounds for a case. At Butler Wooten & Peak LLP, we offer free consultations so you can learn your rights at no financial risk or obligation. That being said, certain Jeeps have long-documented histories of containing serious defects that have risked public safety.
- 1993-2001 Jeep Cherokee
- 1993-2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee
- 1997-2007 Jeep Wrangler (fuel leaks)
- 2007-2016 Jeep Wrangler (defective airbags)
- 2002-2007 Jeep Liberty
Other Jeep models that have had defects and recalls include the Compass, Commander, Patriot, Renegade, Comanche and Wagoneer. Jeep Cherokees and Grand Cherokees have the highest rates of product defects, with the most documented problems and recalls. It was a defective Jeep Grand Cherokee that led to the lawsuit our firm won against FCA in 2015. No matter what model of Jeep your accident or injuries occurred in, contact us for a free consultation about your case.
What Defects Affect Jeeps?
At Butler Wooten & Peak LLP, we are adamant about holding FCA accountable due to years of the corporation ignoring reports of defects and accidents relating to its Jeeps. We are passionate about bringing FCA to justice for the injuries and deaths it has contributed to through its gross negligence and the mishandling of accident reports. Over the decades, numerous life-threatening defects and recalls have marred the Jeep name, varying widely in terms of type.
- Fuel tank defects and leaks
- Defective airbags
- Software glitches
- Electronic malfunctions
- Clogged fuel injectors
- Water leaks
- Ignition switch defects
- Defective brake booster shields
- Air conditioning line defects
- Rollover risks
- Death Wobble
- Transmission defects
- Fires and explosions
Jeep defects can compromise the safety of the vehicle from day one. Dangerous defects could occur in the design, manufacture or marketing of the Jeep. A defect at any stage of production could lead to catastrophic accidents and consumer deaths. Our attorneys can go up against FCA in the pursuit of justice and compensation after these accidents, as well as push for change on a broader scale to improve public safety in the future.
How Many Have Defective Jeeps Affected?
Defective Jeeps and Jeep fires have impacted hundreds of innocent consumers in documented cases. A National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) investigation into Jeep fuel tank defects alone found that related incidents took 51 lives and caused 28 additional nonfatal car fires. While the number of defective Jeep injuries and deaths is difficult to accurately estimate, FCA has recalled over one million Jeeps due to design and manufacturing defects.
What Are Jeep Fuel Tank Fires?
One of the most prevalent and dangerous Jeep defects has been the fuel tank. Defective fuel tanks led to a recall of 1.56 million Jeeps by Fiat Chrysler America in 2013 after an NHTSA investigation. The NHTSA, however, recommended the recall of 2.7 million vehicles: all 1993-1994 models of Jeep Grand Cherokees and 2002-2007 Jeep Libertys. These defective Jeeps have poorly designed plastic fuel tanks that are positioned unsafely to the rear of the vehicle. This placement drastically increases the risks of fires and explosions during rear-end collisions.
Jeep fires due to defective fuel tanks can cause serious burn injuries, permanent scarring, infections, loss of limb, disfigurement and shrapnel injuries in an explosion. Many Jeep fuel tank fires are fatal for vehicle occupants. We believe the FCA was wanton, however, in its response to the defect. FCA’s solution for the defective fuel tanks was to offer free installation of trailer hitches. FCA’s former Vice President of Engineering testified that trailer hitches would not remedy the situation, and his prediction came true. Reports of Jeep fuel tank fires still occurred even after customers installed the trailer hitches.
Many safety organizations are calling on the NHTSA to revisit faulty Jeep fuel tanks and recalls after FCA’s fix proved ineffective at protecting customers. Until that happens, though, thousands of unsuspecting consumers are still driving Jeeps that could potentially catch fire or explode in even low-impact rear-end collisions. Jeep fuel tank fires have taken many lives, including those of small children and one pregnant woman. If it was a defective Jeep fuel tank that caused your injuries or a loved one’s death, FCA may owe you compensation.
Who Is Liable for These Defects?
We believe FCA should be liable for Jeep defects that cause consumer injuries, deaths and property damages. Through years of accidents, recalls, national investigations and lawsuits, Fiat Chrysler America has remained uncooperative. In our opinion, it has failed to properly respond to vehicle defects more than once – leading to millions of potentially dangerous vehicles still on the road.
Every product manufacturer, including an automaker, has a legal obligation to ensure the reasonable safety of the items it creates. When a product or vehicle contains a defect that causes consumer injuries, the manufacturer or distributor could be strictly liable for damages. Strict liability means responsible without the victim needing to prove negligence. FCA has enough of a history of ignoring serious problems, however, that it may also be possible to build a case based on negligence against the corporation.
Examples of ways in which FCA has negligently failed to remedy defects include when it made replacement parts unavailable for 13 months after the recall and when it offered an ineffective solution. Our law firm may be able to help you bring a lawsuit against Fiat Chrysler America on the basis of strict liability, negligence or breach of warranty after an incident involving a defective Jeep.
Contact Us Today
Our attorneys believe any number of injured consumers due to a product defect is unacceptable. When victims reach into the hundreds, however, we believe it is grossly negligent to continue to ignore the problem. Yet FCA continues to respond inappropriately or not at all to issues with its Jeeps, even in the face of national investigations. FCA maintains its vehicles do not have inherent defects and are safe for drivers. This negligence has led to dozens of injuries and deaths that may not have happened had FCA taken immediate action at the first report of a problem.
If you or a loved one suffered serious injuries because of a Jeep defect, do not hesitate to contact Butler Wooten & Peak LLP. Our attorneys have experience going up against FCA and winning compensation on behalf of injured clients. Contact our firm online or call (866) 615-8140 today for a free consultation.