Vehicle Gas Tank | Fuel Tank Fires and Explosions

  • Issue: Faulty manufacturing

Vehicle Gas Tank | Fuel Tank Fires and Explosions

Manufacturers owe a duty to consumers to produce safe vehicles and, in particular, ensure that the fuel tank is not punctured or so damaged during an accident that it explodes. Cars, SUVs and pickup trucks with fuel systems vulnerable to exploding in an accident have resulted in severe burns and deaths for drivers and occupants.

For example, General Motors pickup trucks produced from 1973 to 1987 were equipped with fuel tanks mounted outside of the vehicle frame, called side-saddle or saddlebag fuel tanks. In numerous lawsuits against GM, it has been alleged that the GM trucks were defectively manufactured because the fuel tanks have a dangerous tendency to catch fire or explode during a side collision.

Gas Tank Explosion and Accident Lawsuits

Injured drivers and passengers, and the families of loved ones who have died in car, SUV, pickup truck and other vehicle accidents may bring claims against the manufacturers for producing a vehicle with an unreasonable risk of catching fire in an accident or collision.

Damages sought can include:

  • Past and future physical pain and suffering, mental anguish and physical impairment;
  • Past and future medical, incidental and hospital expenses;
  • Past and future loss of earnings and earning capacity; and
  • Punitive damages.

In cases of a fatality, the surviving family members may bring a wrongful death action.

Contact Lieff Cabraser

Lieff Cabraser is committed to providing the very best representation and support possible for our clients, and to investing the time and resources necessary to succeed in every case we bring against the nation's largest auto and truck manufacturers as well as foreign manufacturers.

If you were personally injured, or a loved one was killed in a vehicle fire, please use the form below to contact Lieff Cabraser for a prompt and confidential evaluation of your case. There is no charge or obligation for our review of your case.

You may also contact us by telephone toll free at 1-800 541-7358 and request to speak to vehicle fire attorney Fabrice Vincent. We will also investigate vehicles made by other manufacturers that caught fire and led to an injury, death or significant property damage.



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