Jeep Fires Lead to Recall: Carmaker Bows to Mounting Pressure
After years of investigations, lawsuits, and public pressure, the federal government in the form of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration pressured Chrysler into recalling certain year model Jeep Cherokee and Liberty vehicles over allegations that the placement of the fuel tanks rendered the vehicles unreasonably dangerous and defective. Today, Chrysler announced that they would bow to the government pressure and institute a massive recall of Jeep Cherokee and Liberty vehicles. NHTSA had initially asked Chrysler to recall almost three million 1993-2004 Jeep Grand Cherokees and 2002-2007 Jeep Libertys. After initially refusing, Chrysler is now recalling approximately 2,700,000 vehicles.
This recall is a win for vehicle safety advocates. For years, attorneys, Public Citizen, victims, and other automobile safety advocates have argued that the placement of the fuel tanks in certain Jeep vehicles made them susceptible to gas tanks being compromised and fires starting after foreseeable low speed rear impact accidents. These are often referred to as fuel-fed fire defects and were commonly associated with Ford Pintos and 1980s Chevrolet pickups. According to estimates, over fifty people have died from this Jeep defect and hundreds more have been burned or injured.
If you have been injured in a vehicle fire following a collision, it might be due to defects in the design or manufacture of the vehicle that made it unreasonably dangerous and defective as designed or manufactured. For example, in foreseeable rear-end collisions, automobile manufacturers should ensure the integrity of the fuel system to guard against fuel tank punctures, gas line breaks, filler necks becoming dislodged or other conditions that can lead to the spill of gasoline and subsequently gasoline fed fires. If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a vehicle fire, call the Texas Automotive Fire Defect Lawyers at Hill Law Firm today for a free legal consultation.