Fires & Explosions in Jeeps with Rear Tanks
1993-2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee, 1993-2001 Jeep Cherokee, 2002-2007 Jeep Liberty
What Fiat Chrysler Automobiles did, and continues to do, with its rear-tank Jeeps is chilling. When we took FCA to trial over these defective Jeeps, the jury found that FCA “acted with reckless or wanton disregard for human life” and returned a verdict of $150 million for our clients. It was the first time any law firm had forced FCA to go all the way to trial.
The 1993-3004 Jeep Grand Cherokees, 1993-2001 Jeep Cherokees, 1997-2007 Jeep Wranglers, and 2002-2007 Jeep Liberties all have gas tanks mounted in the extreme rear, next to the rear bumper. When the Jeeps get hit in the rear, the tanks can rupture and the Jeeps can explode. People can burn alive. That has been happening for decades.
FCA knew before it sold these rear-tank Jeeps that they would catch fire or explode after rear impact. The whole automotive industry, including FCA, had learned about the danger of rear-mounted tanks in the 1970s with the infamous Ford Pinto. But FCA (through its corporate predecessor, Chrysler) sold the Jeeps anyway. FCA warned nobody about the danger and, despite sustained pressure from safety advocates, has refused to buy the Jeeps back or conduct a meaningful recall. As a result, many of these dangerous rear-tank Jeeps remain on the road today.
They are a danger to the people who drive them, most of whom don’t know about the defect. They are danger to the people who ride in them. And they are a danger to people who share the road with them.
Our firm has handled multiple cases in which people burned to death inside these rear tank Jeeps. Along with Butler, Wooten & Peak, we are the only firm that has forced FCA to trial on this defect. The result was a verdict of $150 million.
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