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Jeep Trailer Hitch Fire Fatalities

At Butler Wooten & Peak LLP, our jeep fire attorneys are passionate about helping victims of gross negligence, recklessness and misconduct – especially when the perpetrator is responsible for the safety of millions. We believe Fiat Chrysler America (FCA) has displayed gross negligence in its treatment of a defective Jeep Cherokee fuel tank recall. FCA’s repair, a new Jeep trailer hitch, has not proven effective in protecting customers from defectively designed and positioned fuel tanks.

FCA’s defective Jeep fuel tanks have caused dozens of vehicle fires, explosions and over 50 deaths in several years. If you experienced the tragedy of losing a loved one in a Jeep trailer hitch fire, please contact our law firm for a free consultation about a potential lawsuit against FCA.

What Sets Us Apart?

  • We have already gone up against Fiat Chrysler America and won. Our firm is proud to have obtained a verdict in 2015 on behalf of the family of a four-year-old boy who passed away in a Jeep fire.
  • We do not stop at the first sign of a challenge. We prepare every case as if we are going to trial and are more than comfortable in a courtroom. We will only stop when we believe our client has received a fair outcome.
  • We offer our services at an affordable, no-costs-upfront rate. Our product liability lawyers litigate Jeep trailer hitch fire claims on a contingency fee basis, only charging attorney’s fees after we win.

Why Do Jeep Trailer Hitch Fires Happen?

Jeep trailer hitch fires are something that would not happen with a vehicle that is free from defects. Trailer hitch fires result from a fuel tank design defect documented in approximately 2.7 million Jeeps. In 2013, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) investigated reports of Jeeps catching on fire and exploding after rear-end collisions. It found a defect in the position of the fuel tanks behind the rear bumper, stating that this placement increased the risk of fires in accidents. It recommended the FCA recall 2.7 million Jeep Grand Cherokees and Jeep Libertys.

Instead of obeying the NHTSA’s safety recommendation, FCA only recalled 1.56 million defective Jeeps, failing to warn the other 1.14 million Jeep owners about the issue. Over a year later, in 2014, FCA announced a solution for the dangerous fuel tank defects in the form of a trailer hitch. Yet even after customers got the new trailer hitches installed, reports of Jeep fires and explosions continued. If your loved one died in a Jeep trailer hitch fire, FCA could be liable.

Why File a Wrongful Death Claim?

At Butler Wooten & Peak LLP, we believe in holding corporations accountable for the deaths and injuries their defective products cause. Fiat Chrysler America is no exception. FCA has done the bare minimum to ensure the safety of its customers with a trailer hitch fix that has been ineffective. If your loved one passed away in a preventable fire due to a Jeep’s defective fuel tank, we want to help you achieve justice and compensation.

Filing a wrongful death claim against FCA for releasing defective Jeeps and offering an ineffective solution could lead to a financial award for surviving family members. As you grieve and try to heal, the settlement or judgment award you could receive from FCA can pay for expenses such as remaining medical costs, property repairs, funeral and burial costs, and out-of-pocket expenses. FCA may also owe your family compensation for your loved one’s pain and suffering and your mental anguish.

Do You Have a Claim? Find Out Today

We are always saddened to hear about the wrongful deaths of our clients’ family members. It is the passion for justice, however, that keeps us fighting for what is right. If you lost a loved one in a Jeep trailer hitch fire or fuel tank explosion, please get in touch with us right away. Contacting our wrongful death lawyers could help you tell your story, learn your rights and take action. Let us help you take a stand in the face of Fiat Chrysler America’s gross negligence. Contact us today for a free case review.