Car Fire Attorneys
Automotive manufacturers have not all changed their safety standards to avoid the serious accidents that occur when there is a fuel fed fire after a crash. Despite the risks of fuel fed fires because of defective fuel systems, the safety standards continue to remain unchanged. When there is a fuel leak present, the likelihood of a fire when a collision occurs becomes great. The combination of the oxygen, fuel, and ignition source creates fuel fed fires.
Currently there are no regulations that require fuel tanks or systems to have any design or location standards. Fuel fed fires endangers the lives of anyone involved in the collision, and there are easy preventive measures that manufacturers can take to reduce the risks of a fire from occurring. Unfortunately not all safety measures are implemented and changes are replaced with safety warnings instead.
The addition of a fuel leak substantially increases the chances of a fuel fed fire, which can be caused by various fuel system defects. A fuel tank design defect is one of the most well known fuel system defects. Some defects are the result of the tank being placed in an area close to some other part that can make a puncture in the tank. Other defects include tanks that are improperly protected and fuel tanks made with defective welds.
Fuel lines that are allowing fuel to escape from the fuel system can result in fuel fed fires during a collision. Improper construction, as well as the location of the fuel lines can make a fuel line leak more likely. Cars that contain electric fuel pumps will continue to pump gas through the fuel system after an accident because a defect allows fuel to be present allowing fires to occur.
Anti-siphoning devices prevent fuel from siphoning from a fuel tank, thus preventing fuel from igniting and causing a fuel fed fire. Manufacturers have yet to take safety precautions by adding the device to vehicles. Siphoning usually allows the gas to flow out very quickly due to the gravity. By understanding the risks of fuel fed fires and avoiding adding safety measures to vehicles, manufacturers are allowing the risk of serious injuries and fatalities to become present in collisions that are survivable.
Automakers who are negligent in their duties to protect consumers can be held liable for the damage done by defective products.
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