Gas Tank Explosions Result in Severe Burns
Exploding Gas Tanks
Faulty design and defective manufacturing can result in vehicles that are at risk of explosions. A gas tank that explodes can cause extremely serious injuries and fatalities. Survivors may suffer permanent disfigurement and scarring as well as extreme pain and suffering. Multiple surgeries, including plastic surgery, skin grafts, and reconstructive surgery, may be required.
Were you injured in a car accident that involved a gas tank that exploded? Did leaking fuel lines cause a fuel-fed fire that caused serious burns? Please contact The Reeves Law Group today for a free consultation and case evaluation. Our lawyers are experienced in handling auto defect cases and are well prepared to represent you. For more than 25 years, our lawyers have been standing up for the rights of injury victims throughout California. You can rely on us for quality representation that gets results.
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Pickups, Pintos, and Crown Victorias
A tank explosion can be caused by the incorrect placement of the gas tank in the vehicle’s design. For example, saddlebag tanks in pickup trucks are placed outside of the vehicle’s frame. In a side-impact crash, the tank can become punctured and engulf the pickup in flames.
Gas tanks mounted between the rear axle and the bumper of the vehicle are at risk of exploding in rear end collisions. Rear end collisions were responsible for gas tank explosions in Ford Pintos manufactured in the 1970s. In the 1990s, Ford’s Crown Victoria sedan was linked to accidents involving injuries from exploding gas tanks and fuel-fed fires. The Crown Victoria’s gas tank is located between the rear axle and the bumper, unprotected by the car’s frame.
Explosions can also be caused by defective materials used in the fuel lines and by the lack of a fuel line safety valve, which prevents the gasoline from pouring out after a collision.