Jeep Rear End Collision Fire - Plastic Gas Tank Lawsuit
The Attorneys of Ennis & Ennis, P.A. are currently pursuing potential lawsuits for individuals who have experienced injury or loss due to fire caused by Chrysler made Jeep Grand Cherokee, Jeep Cherokee or Jeep Liberty .
Jeep Rear End Collision Fires
What is the problem?
Federal safety regulators are expanding their probe into gas-tank fires involving Jeeps, blamed for at least 270 fatalities.
The investigation had previously centered on 1993-2004 model Jeep Grand Cherokees but has now been expanded to include 1993-2001 Jeep Cherokees and 2002-2007 Jeep Liberty models, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) said.
The problem appears to center around the rear-mounted placement of the plastic gas tanks used in the three models.
The Jeeps involved in the fire probe all have their fuel tanks installed behind the rear axle, which could make them more likely to burst into flames in the event of a rear-end collision.
Nearly two years ago, the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opened a preliminary investigation into the Jeep Grand Cherokee model produced between 1993 - 2004.
In June of 2012 the NHTSA raised the level of that probe to an engineering analysis and expanded it to include the Jeep Liberty and Jeep Cherokee models produced between 1993 - 2001.
NHTSA reported that through 2010 Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicles had been involved in crashes with fires that led to 15 deaths and 46 injuries. These numbers only count for reports taken by the NHTSA.
In his 2009 petition to NHTSA asking for an immediate safety recall, Clarence M. Ditlow, the executive director of the Center For Auto Safety said "The 1993-04 Grand Cherokee has a fatal crash fire occurrence rate that is about four times higher than SUVs made by other companies." He also stated "Comparing the 1993-04 Grand Cherokee with the exposed rear fuel tank to the 2005 and later Grand Cherokee with the shielded fuel tank in front of rear axle in the first five years of use for both vehicles so that it’s an apples to apples comparison, the defective old Grand Cherokee has a fatal fire rate six times higher than the new Grand Cherokee."
JEEP Rear End Collision Fire Recall
The latest expanded review is the final step in NHTSA's process of determining whether a recall will be required. A recall could affect up to 5.1 million Jeeps.
Free Jeep SUV Fire Lawsuit Case Evaluation
If you or a loved one have suffered a loss, property damage or been injured as a result of a Jeep Grand Cherokee fire, Jeep Cherokee fire or Jeep Liberty fire you may be entitled to compensation. Contact the Chrysler - Jeep Rear End Collision Fire Attorneys of Ennis & Ennis today for a free confidential case evaluation by filling out the form on this page or call toll-free: 1-800-856-6405.