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The defective fuel system design in the pre-2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee can lead to deadly fires and explosions in the wake of an accident. If you or someone close to you has been injured in a fuel-fed fire after an accident in one of these Grand Cherokees, the experienced New York truck fire lawyers at Rheingold Giuffra Ruffo & Plotkin LLP are here to help you explore your legal options.

Contact us today online or by telephone at (888) 260-0473 to speak with a knowledgeable New York product liability law firm.

Post-Crash Fires

At Rheingold Giuffra Ruffo & Plotkin LLP, we handle a wide range of product liability cases, including those involving defective automobiles and components. Fuel-fed fires are caused by defective fuel systems that fail to contain the fuel during a collision. The pre-2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee's design places the fuel tank between the rear bumper and rear axle. This provided the fuel tank with very little protection in the event of a rear end collision. This lack of protection results in a greater propensity for the tank break; spilling fuel which can be ignited by sparks commonly produced in such collisions. When this occurs the results can be tragic, including serious injuries and wrongful death.

Chrysler, who manufactures Jeep, changed the fuel tank placement in 2004 to a much more common and much safer position in front of the rear axle. This provided additional protection to the fuel tank, reducing the likelihood that it will rupture or crack.

These accidents are also common in 18 wheeler (tractor trailer) accidents. Freightliner tractors are known to be especially prone to fuel-fed fires. Car models known to also have these problems include the Ford Crown Victoria, Chevy Malibu, and the Toyota Camry.

Many fuel-fed fires result in fatal injuries. Those that survive must contend with months, years, possibly a lifetime of burn injury treatments, including painful skin grafts, infection treatments and reconstructive surgeries. Our attorneys understand the hardships faced by burn victims and their families. We will carefully review the circumstances of your accident and the current and future medical treatment your injuries will require.

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