Jeep is the oldest brand of sport utility vehicles (SUVs) available in the United States. Available to consumers in 1945 after wide use by the Army during World War II, one would think the auto manufacturer has had plenty of time to work out any serious or potentially fatal auto defects in more recent models.
Unfortunately, that is not the case. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 51 people have been killed in fatal Jeep fires after a rear-end collision with a Liberty or Grand Cherokee.
Did a Jeep fire cause serious burn injuries to your loved one? Did you lose a loved one in a fatal vehicle accident after a Jeep started on fire? Contact the Georgia-based law firm of Butler Wooten & Peak LLP today for a free consultation or call (800) 242-2962.
On June 3, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recommended that Chrysler initiate a voluntary recall of 2.7 million vehicles that were vulnerable to post-collision fires. The NHTSA identified the following Jeep auto defects that increase the risk of fire:
On June 18, Chrysler agreed to a scaled-down recall of only 1.56 million vehicles. The recall involves an inspection of the affected models and the installation of a rear-towing package – essentially a trailer hitch – to offer added protection to an exposed plastic fuel tank. The vehicles identified by Chrysler as part of this recall include:
Chrysler excluded 1999-2004 Jeep Grand Cherokees from its recall, leaving out just over one million dangerous and defective Chrysler vehicles identified as susceptible to fuel-fed fires by the NHTSA.
The proposed trailer hitch is nothing more than a band-aid for a serious and fatal auto defect. According to Chrysler, the hitch will do nothing to improve safety in high-speed collisions and according to the Center for Auto Safety the hitch system leaves the fuel tank vulnerable to rear-end collisions that happen at an angle.
The fire risk caused by the defective fuel system in the Jeep Cherokee and Liberty SUVs can turn a fender-bender into a serious or even fatal auto accident. Serious burn injuries, smoke inhalation and even death may have been avoidable but for the defective design.
At Butler Wooten & Peak LLP, our auto defect attorneys have already sued Chrysler, Jeep and other automakers for manufacturing the dangerous and defective vehicles. The firm represents the family of a four-year-old boy who was killed in a post-collision Jeep fire. Witnesses were unable to save the boy from the fuel-fed fire after the Grand Cherokee in which he was riding exploded into flames.
We have the experience and the resources to effectively handle your defective fuel tank lawsuit, whether you are here in Georgia or elsewhere in the United States. Even if your Jeep was not involved in the Chrysler recall, you may still have a legal claim if a fuel system fire erupted after a collision.
Whether you are the owner of a defective Jeep SUV, a passenger or were in another vehicle that collided with a defective Liberty or Grand Cherokee, you may have a products liability or wrongful death case against Chrysler, Jeep’s manufacturer. Anywhere in the United States, our Georgia-based law firm is ready to help you fight back when a dangerous design causes serious or fatal injuries to you or your family.
Call (800) 242-2962 today or contact our firm online to schedule a free consultation with an experienced Jeep fire attorney.