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Vehicle Fire and Explosions Still Pose Significant Danger

Even though automakers faced multiple lawsuits in the 1970s and 1980s tied to the location of gas tanks on the Ford Pinto and certain GMC trucks, there are still many vehicles with gas tanks set behind the rear axle, which can lead to fire or explosion after a rear-end collision. Some models of the popular Ford Mustang and Crown Victoria, as well as certain Jeep offerings, still pose a substantial risk of fire or explosion in a crash.

The dangers posed by fuel tanks are not limited, however, by the choice of location. Many people have suffered horrendous injury, and even death, because of fuel tanks that caught fire or exploded as a result of:

  • The use of substandard materials to construct the fuel tank
  • The failure to properly shield a fuel tank so that it is not easily crushed in a motor vehicle accident
  • Improper welding in the construction or attachment of the tank to the car

Lack of attention to other design components has also led to automobile fires or explosions. For example, in some models, metal rods or brackets close to the fuel tank have pierced the tank during an accident. In vehicles that have fuel injection, the high pressure in the fuel lines can force a large amount of fuel into the environment after a collision. Unfortunately, in many vehicles, the fuel injection lines are not designed to seal off in the event of an accident. Furthermore, most fuel injection systems rely on electric fuel pumps, which will continue to circulate gasoline unless turned off.

The injuries sustained in a vehicle fire or explosion can be horrific, and establishing damages can be challenging. It is essential that your attorney have considerable experience handling burn and scarring injuries, so that you can get full and fair compensation for all your losses.

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