Jeep Fuel Tank Design Safety
When you get behind the wheel of a vehicle, you have every right to assume it has passed rigorous safety tests and does not pose an unreasonable threat to you or others. Unfortunately, not all automakers prioritize public safety over profits. It is our belief at Butler Wooten & Peak LLP that Fiat Chrysler America (FCA) has been negligent in the design of its Jeeps, as well as in its lack of response to accident reports, national investigations and lawsuits.
Millions of older Jeep models, especially Grand Cherokees and Libertys, have defectively designed fuel tanks that are prone to fires and explosions in rear-end collisions. If a defective Jeep fuel tank has injured you or killed a loved one, please do not hesitate to contact us to discuss your case. FCA may owe you compensation.
Why Choose Butler Wooten & Peak LLP?
- We understand the ins and outs of product liability law, including how to build strong cases against powerful manufacturing companies.
- We previously won a defective Jeep fuel tank case against FCA on behalf of the family of a young boy who lost his life in a Jeep Grand Cherokee fire.
- We will walk you through the complicated steps of bringing your claim against FCA, representing you on a contingency fee basis with affordable services.
How a Lawyer Can Help
It can be difficult to build a case on Jeep fuel tank design safety and product defects without legal help. Hiring a lawyer, on the other hand, can give you an advocate to look out for your rights every step of the way. Your Jeep fire attorney can help you build a case against FCA for its defective fuel tanks and a related fire while you spend time healing physically and emotionally. You can rest assured someone is fighting for maximum possible compensation for your damages when you hire a lawyer.
What Is Wrong With Jeep Fuel Tank Designs?
Customers are asking about Jeep fuel tank design safety due to hundreds of reports of serious fires and vehicle explosions after low-impact or minor rear-end collisions. Back in 2013, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) looked into these reports and found evidence of serious Jeep fuel tank design defects, particularly with how far back FCA placed the tanks. The NHTSA concluded the placement exposed the fuel tanks to high risks of punctures, ruptures and leaks in rear-end collisions.
The NHTSA said FCA should issue a recall for around 2.7 million Jeeps: its 1993-1994 Jeep Grand Cherokee models and 2002-2007 Jeep Libertys. The FCA, however, only obliged in recalling about 1.56 million Jeeps. It refuted the evidence found by the NHTSA as well, stating the only Jeep fires that had occurred were due to extraordinary circumstances. It offered a solution 13 months later with a new trailer hitch that has since proven ineffective in preventing Jeep fuel tank fires.
What to Do After a Jeep Fuel Tank Fire
If you or a relative was in a Jeep rear-end collision that led to a fuel tank fire or vehicle explosion, protect your rights as a consumer with help from an attorney. FCA should be held responsible for designing unsafe fuel tanks and negligently failing to remedy the serious issue once consumers and the NHTSA brought it to the company’s attention. We may be able to help you bring a product liability suit against FCA to bring it to justice for dangerous Jeep fuel tank design defects.
Contact a Product Liability Lawyer Today
Filing a product liability lawsuit could mean financial compensation for you and your family after a harmful Jeep fire or explosion. Whether you suffered severe burns or a loved one died, you could be eligible for compensation from Fiat Chrysler America for contributing to your damages. The attorneys at Butler Wooten & Peak LLP have experience going up against FCA that can help you create a more aggressive legal strategy. Consult with our lawyers today. Request a free consultation online or at (866) 615-8140.