A car fire is where a car essentially bursts into flames on its own without being intentionally set on fire. When they do occur, car fires are extremely dangerous. Car fires are often a result of fuel leaking from the gas tank of a car. Fuel-fed car fires can become very intense and can lead to parts of the car exploding. This kind of fire frequently causes serious injury or death to both drivers and passengers.
How Do Fuel-Fed Car Fires Happen?
There are a number of reasons why a fuel-fed car fire occurs. They can be the result of wear and tear on the car or defective design by the manufacturer. More commonly, fuel-fed car fires are the result of an automobile accident. Since fuel-fed car fires are such a dangerous risk, automobile manufacturers must follow strict safety guidelines. If the manufacturer fails to follow these safety guidelines, then it opens itself up to automotive products liability.
Are There Any Automobiles That Are More Likely to Be Involved in a Car Fire?
Certain models of cars and certain types of automobiles are more susceptible to fuel-fed car fires. Some examples include:
- Ford Crown Victoria: These cars may be a favorite of the police, but they are susceptible to fuel-fed car fires. The location of the gas tank makes it easy for it to be damaged in accidents, which means that there is an increased risk of the gas tank creating a fire in an accident. Ford has considered implementing additional safety features to reduce the chance of a fire.
- Vans: While most people presume that vans are safer than cars because they are bigger and carry more passengers, this is not always the case. In particular, the Ford Econoline van is designed such that the gas tank can overheat, causing the gas to boil. This can be extremely dangerous as it can cause fuel expulsion. If this fuel is ignited, a van fire will ensue.
- Trucks: There have been a fair number of complaints about truck fires that occur even if the truck is not involved in an automobile accident. Specifically, the Ford F-150 has been involved in many incidents in which the truck spontaneously bursts into fire. The likely cause for these unexpected fires is a type of manufacturer defect because there is a lack of outside factors to cause the fire.
Can a Lawyer Help Me with My Fuel-Fed Car Fire Case?
If you have been involved in a fuel-fed car fire, you may have an automotive products liability case against the manufacturer. An experienced personal injury lawyer can advise you of your rights and remedies.