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Jeep Low-Speed Impacts and Gas Tank Punctures

A low-speed car accident should not cause life-changing personal injuries in most cases. When something like a defective auto part complicates these collisions, however, passengers can be more prone to serious injuries. At Butler Prather LLP, we help victims with injuries from defective car parts. Our lawyers have taken cases against Fiat Chrysler America (FCA) for Jeep’s dangerously designed gas tanks, for example.

FCA positioned many Jeep models’ gas tanks dangerously close to the rear – exposing customers to a risk of fires and explosions in low-impact rear-end collisions. If you think you have a claim against FCA for a Jeep gas tank puncture, please contact us. Our product liability lawyers may be able to help you receive compensation.

Why Choose Our Lawyers?

  • We understand the significant losses victims can suffer in accidents involving gas tank punctures, ruptures, fires and explosions. We will work hard to obtain fair compensation for your family from the at-fault party.
  • We always respond promptly to calls, messages and emails from clients. Our law firm has Spanish-speaking staff members and can travel to meet with clients for initial consultations, if necessary.
  • We want every crash victim to benefit from high-quality legal representation without worrying about finances. That is why we accept claims on a contingency fee basis, with $0 in fees unless we win.

Do Jeeps Have Gas Tank Defects?

Rear gas tank punctures and ruptures are problems that specifically impact Jeeps. According to an investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in 2013, two of Fiat Chrysler America’s Jeep models contain dangerous fuel tank defects. The NHTSA asked FCA to voluntarily recall 1993-1994 Jeep Grand Cherokees and 2002-2007 Jeep Libertys due to poorly positioned rear fuel tanks. The NHTSA connected these defects to at least 50 deaths at the time of its recommendation.

Despite the NHTSA’s advice, FCA refused to recall all the recommended vehicles, leaving hundreds of thousands of defective Jeeps on the road without warning consumers of known risks. Its solution for the recalled vehicles also left much to be desired; its remedy of installing trailer hitches is something the company’s former VP of Engineering testified would not prevent fuel tank ruptures. If you were in a low-impact crash that turned serious or deadly because of a Jeep fuel tank rupture, FCA may owe you compensation.

How to File a Claim Against FCA

At Butler Prather LLP, we believe FCA has demonstrated a conscious disregard for public safety. FCA has consistently shown it cares more about profits than people in the way it has handled – or failed to handle – Jeep fire reports, lawsuits and national investigations. It is our mission to force FCA to take responsibility for its lack of diligence through product liability lawsuits brought on behalf of injured customers.

If you believe you have a case against FCA for a low-impact gas tank puncture, come to us for assistance with the claims process. We can help you build and bring a lawsuit against Fiat Chrysler America before your state’s deadline. Then, we can represent your best interests during insurance settlement negotiations or a product liability trial to pursue fair compensation. Our Jeep fire attorneys will not allow FCA to pay you less than we believe your injuries deserve.

Contact an Attorney Near You

Vehicle fuel tank defects can prove deadly. An issue with the gas tank can turn a mild rear-end collision into a tragedy that results in permanent injuries or wrongful death. Fiat Chrysler America has a responsibility to ensure the reasonable safety of its customers. Breaching this duty to save money is, we believe, unacceptable. If you or a loved one suffered serious injuries because of a fuel tank rupture in a Jeep, please contact us right away. Initial case consultations are free and confidential.