Fuel Tank Explosion Attorneys in Manassas

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Representing Injured Victims of Defective Fuel Tanks

Many car buyers are not aware that the placement of a car’s fuel tank can be a significant safety hazard. Poorly designed vehicles and gas tanks have caused countless severe injuries. Despite decades of development in the automobile industry, car manufacturers have still designed gas tanks and placed them in vehicles in a manner that creates fire hazards and explosion risks. Fuel tanks that are located behind the vehicle’s rear axle are proven to be particularly likely to case fuel-fed fires in the event of an accident.

If you were injured in an accident when a fuel tank exploded or caused a fire, discuss your claim with our team at Ashcraft & Gerel. With decades of combined experience, our Manassas gas tank explosion lawyers are ready to help you pursue legal action against the carmaker or designer.


Jeep Recall

In 2013, Chrysler recalled 1.56 million Jeep SUVs that had fuel tanks located behind the rear axles. Both the 2002-2007 Jeep Liberty and the 1993-1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee were recalled to have a towing hitch added for extra crash protection. Unfortunately, even with the recall in place, many defective vehicles have remained on the roads and caused serious injuries when they exploded in collisions.

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Manufacturers Are Liable for Fuel Tank Defects

If a manufacturer has positioned the fuel tank behind the vehicle’s rear axle negligently, it should be held liable for any injuries caused by explosions or fires resulting from a collision.

In addition to poorly placing the fuel tank, the manufacturer may be liable if it:

  • Constructs the tank poorly or improperly
  • Uses faulty materials to manufacture the tank, leaving it susceptible to punctures
  • Fails to secure or shield the tank when it is installed in the vehicle
  • Fails to create safe and suitable fuel lines

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Trust Our Product Liability Experience at Ashcraft & Gerel

For over 65 years, Ashcraft & Gerel has been pursuing auto product liability claims on behalf of injured Americans. When car manufacturers and designers fail to uphold customer safety as the highest priority, innocent consumers can be subject to catastrophic injuries. Those affected by this type of negligence need the help of our experienced fuel tank explosion attorneys in Manassas.