Jeep Grand Cherokee Fuel Tank Fires
You have the right to expect a reasonably safe vehicle as the owner of a Jeep Grand Cherokee. The Jeep should meet safety regulations in how it performs in a crash. You should not be at risk of your vehicle catching fire or exploding, for example, because of a fuel tank defect. Unfortunately, this was the reality for dozens of seriously injured and killed victims riding in defective Jeeps.
If a Jeep Grand Cherokee fuel tank fire injured you or killed a loved one, please contact the Jeep fire attorneys at Butler Prather LLP right away to discuss your case. Our product liability lawyers may be able to help you bring a case against the manufacturer, Fiat Chrysler America (FCA).
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- We have won more than 200 verdicts and settlements over $1 million and more than 60 over $10 million.
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Fuel Tank Fires and Jeep Defects
Certain Jeep models – especially older Jeep Grand Cherokees – contain fuel tank design defects that can lead to fires and explosions in rear-end collisions. This defect has caused hundreds of documented fires and related deaths. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration investigated the fuel tank defects and recommended a recall of approximately 2.7 million models. Instead of complying with the federal safety recommendation, FCA only recalled 1.56 million Jeep SUVs.
We believe Fiat Chrysler America has been consistently negligent as an automobile manufacturer. Despite reports of fuel tank issues and related tragedies – including multiple fatalities – FCA has refused to respond properly to known dangers in older Jeep models. FCA has not repaired its select SUVs and trucks that are prone to a higher risk of deadly fires and explosions due to defective gas tank designs and has not recalled all its dangerous vehicles. We are here to represent victims with injuries due to Jeep fuel tank defects.
Common Types of Injuries in Fuel Tank Fires
Fuel tank fires in Jeep Grand Cherokee accidents can occur when one driver rear-ends the defective Jeep. The rear-end collision can strike the rear-located fuel tank and lead to a gas leak or fuel rupture. This can turn what would otherwise be a minor accident catastrophic. A fuel tank rupture can lead to a severe car fire in seconds – potentially trapping occupants inside or triggering a vehicle explosion that causes life-threatening injuries.
- First- to third-degree burns
- Traumatic loss of limb
- Permanent scarring and disfigurement
- Shrapnel injuries
- Eye and ear injuries
- Wrongful death
Jeep fuel-tank fires can make a rear-end collision fatal for vehicle occupants. The defective plastic gas tanks are a known risk in many older Jeep models, including some not included in FCA’s 2013 recall. Seven years later, thousands of defective Jeeps still remain on the road. Jeeps with defective fuel tanks are ticking time bombs, posing significant threats to customers. If you are the victim of a Jeep Grand Cherokee fuel tank fire, please consult an attorney for assistance.
Contact Butler Prather LLP
Fiat Chrysler America knows about the risks of its defectively designed rear fuel tanks in many older models, yet continuously evades liability and allows customers to keep driving dangerous vehicles. If you were in a rear-end collision that turned deadly because of a Jeep fire, you may be eligible for compensation from FCA. The company could owe you money for its defectively designed and dangerous Jeep Grand Cherokees. Contact a lawyer from Butler Prather LLP today for a free consultation about your case.