Houston Vehicle Fire lawsuits
If a person survives a car wreck, they should not have the added burden of having to survive a fire. Nevertheless, car fire injuries as a result of defective automobiles are more common than you think. Fires in cars and SUVs are generally caused by electrical failures or by faulty fuel lines or faulty fuel tanks. Burn injuries are some of the most painful and debilitating injuries one can have. And, car fires could generally be avoided if the automobile manufacturers were more cautious in designing and manufacturing their automobiles. However, at times, management puts profits before safety and makes poor decisions that lead to needless injuries and deaths from car fires.
Car companys' negligence exposed!
In some cases, the manufacturers know a particular design or manufacturing process increases the risk of car fire injuries and car explosions, but choose to manufacture them anyway. One of the more notorious offenders was the Ford Pinto. Through civil litigation, documents revealed that that Ford knew that placing the gas tank behind the rear axle increased the risk of car fire injuries and deaths. More offensive, is the fact that Ford had the opportunity to change the location of the fuel tank, reducing the risk of car fire deaths by as much as 180 people, however, Ford decided to forgo the design change, which would have cost $11 per vehicle, or $137 million, and decided instead to keep the defective gas tank design and pay $48 million in settlements for victims who suffered from burn injuries or who were killed as a result of exploding gas tanks and car fires.
Recall related Causes of vehicle fire accidents
One would hope that car companies have come a long way since the Pinto, but car fires are still a serious risk. Just recently, Mazda recalled more than 52,000 Tribute SUVs over fire risk. Mazda's recall came only weeks after Ford Motor Co. recalled nearly 275,000 2001-2002 Ford Escapes for the same fire risks. Both vehicles were manufactured at the same plant. To date there have been 86 reported Ford Escape fires due to a product defect. Specifically, Ford alleges the vehicle fires associated with the Ford Escape are caused from corrosion in the ABS module electrical connector as a result of the brake fluid reservoir cap leaking brake fluid into the electoral connector.
In November 2011, Ford recalled certain replacement fuel tanks that could be installed into model year 2004 through 2008 E-150, E-250, and E-350 vans and wagons due to their defective design and risk of catching fire. This recall, like the ones discussed previously, are common and create unknown risks to consumers all over the nation's highways.
Ford and Mazda are not the only car manufacturers that have issued car recalls because of increased risk of car fire injuries or car fire deaths. If your vehicle caught on fire after a collision or without any explanation at all, call an automobile defect attorney at the Dwyer Law Firm to determine if you qualify for financial compensation. We don't get paid unless we obtain a verdict or settlement in your case, so call now.