Faulty Jeep Cherokee Gas Tank May be to Blame for 254 Deaths | Shapiro, Washburn & Sharp

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, from 1993 to 2004 Jeep Cherokees have been involved in 172 car accidents that resulted in 254 deaths nationwide. In every one of these car accident cases the vehicle that was struck caught fire. The Center for Auto Safety feels a faulty gas tank may to be blame.

The gas tank in question was installed on over three million Jeep Cherokees. It is made from plastic and located under the rear axle. The Center for Auto Safety believes that if the Jeep is struck by a lower riding vehicle from behind the lower vehicle may strike the gas tank leading to a possible explosion. AutoWeek also reported that the fuel filler neck, which is attached to the gas tank, can become detached resulting in fuel being spilled and another potential fire risk.

The Center for Auto Safety has petitioned the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to open an investigation on all Jeep Cherokees manufactured between 1993 and 2004. If approved, the investigation may lead to a recall of all three million Jeep Cherokees.

The investigation may only last a few months, but could go on as long as a few years. Meanwhile these Jeep Cherokees are still on the road and the numbers of fiery car accidents are climbing. If you or a loved one were involved in a car fire resulting from this gas tank you do not have to wait for a national recall for help. A personal injury attorney can work with you to prove the auto maker’s responsibility and help you obtain damages for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.


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