Across America, innocent people are being severely burned and even killed due to Jeep gas tank fires. Such fires are the responsibility of Chrysler, which designed and manufactured millions of defective Jeep SUVs that are prone to Jeep fuel tank explosions. Jeep gas tank fires are leading to dozens of Jeep Lawsuits being filed all across the United States.
Such Jeep gas tank explosions could have been predicted or expected by Chrysler when it designed older Jeep models’ gas tanks in a way disturbingly similar to those of the notoriously dangerous Ford Pinto models of the 1970s. That is to say, gas tanks for the Jeep Cherokee, Jeep Grand Cherokee and Jeep Liberty were made of plastic and were placed immediately behind the SUV’s rear axle and below its rear bumper. When such vehicles are struck from behind in a rear-end collision, the impact can puncture the fuel tank and ignite an explosion and fire. This problem initially was identified in November of 2009. That’s when the CAS, or Center for Auto Safety, asked the NHTSA, or National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, to conduct an investigation of such Jeeps. A nationwide recall needs to occur to prevent more Jeep Liberty Gas Tank Fires and Jeep Grand Cherokee Fuel Tank Fires.
The NHTSA did so, and in June of 2012 it found that certain Jeep vehicles were, in fact, defective. The NHTSA then demanded that Chrysler issue a Jeep gas tank recall for millions of SUVs, including 2.7 million 2002-2007 Jeep Liberty vehicles and 1993-2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicles. Chrysler balked, and it finally reached an agreement to recall only about 1.5 million vehicles in June of 2013. These were the 1993-1998 Jeep Cherokee and the 2002-2007 Jeep Liberty.
Not recalled despite the NHTSA’s earlier insistence were 1.1 million 1999-2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs. Yet even formally recalled vehicles can be challenging to locate and repair, given the fact that these SUVs with Jeep gas tank recalls are 7-20 years old and may have been sold to other owners over the years. How many more will die before all exploding Jeeps are recalled. More Jeep Fire Injuries and Deaths with resulting lawsuits, before Jeep is forced to do the right thing.
Not only that, but for Jeeps which have been recalled, repairs have been horrendously slow. Federal regulators say that in the first six months of the Jeep gas/fuel tank recalls, Chrysler had repaired just 3 per cent of such vehicles — the lowest repair rate of any recall of over a million vehicles in the past five years.
Meanwhile, Americans continue to die while Chrysler continues to resist, deny and delay in terms of exploding Jeep gas tank dangers. Safety regulators say at least 56 persons have died in 38 collisions in which the recalled vehicles were involved, apparently due to post-collision fuel-fed fires.
Compounding Chrysler’s negligence is the fact that its Jeep gas tank fix is small. Only a trailer hitch has been added to the few vehicles in its Jeep fuel tank recall. Chrysler did not conduct proper safety testing to make sure this would fix the problem — and apparently it hasn’t. Safety officials say a girl, 4, died while riding in a 1993 Jeep Grand Cherokee whose trailer hitch itself was directly responsible for puncturing the fuel tank in a rear-end crash. Such officials say, at the slow rate Chrysler is going, it will take another five years to complete installations of trailer hitches on its recalled Jeep vehicles. Given its questionable “safety” strategy, this may not make much improvement in driver or passenger safety.
If someone in your family was injured or died in a Jeep gas tank explosion or fire, notify the Willis Law Firm immediately. You’ll get a free legal case review toward a possible Jeep gas tank fire lawsuit. Not only that, but you won’t owe your Jeep recall lawyer or attorney anything up front, since we aren’t paid unless we win your case for you.
Contact us today, and let’s begin the process of gaining payments for your family’s medical costs, lost salary and pain and suffering following a Jeep gas tank fire injury or death.