Solomon & Relihan Provides Tips on Identifying Car Fire Risks

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Car fires are an often-overlooked danger of driving. Many cars contain design flaws that make fires more likely, especially in accidents. Solomon & Relihan has compiled a list of design flaws that drivers should be aware of.

Car fires are a danger that many motorists are not fully aware of. Most people are not aware that certain types of cars have design flaws that can make them more likely to catch on fire in an accident. The attorneys at Solomon & Relihan have worked with many car fire victims and has compiled the following list of common design flaws that can lead to car fires.

Car Fires Caused by Design Flaws
Design flaws that cause burns and other injuries are not always immediately identifiable. That is why Solomon and Relihan begins every case with a thorough investigation of the facts and law involved to determine all possible causes of your injuries.

Sidesaddle Gas Tanks
A common design flaw is the sidesaddle gas tank on pickup trucks. If the gas tank is mounted outside of the truck’s frame, it is unprotected and can explode if the truck is hit from the side.

Rear-Mounted Gas Tanks
Rear-mounted gas tanks located between the rear axle and the bumper, like the one on the Ford Pinto, leave cars at greater risk for explosion in a rear-end collision. With only a bumper to protect it, a rear-mounted gas tank can easily be ignited by sparks from a collision.

Even if a vehicle does not have a sidesaddle or rear-mounted gas tank, in the event of a collision, design flaws and equipment defects can lead to fuel-fed fires. In a fuel-fed fire, the design flaw or equipment defect allows gasoline to escape the gas tank and feed any fires that may have resulted from the collision. These fires can grow very large and be extremely dangerous.

Fuel Line Problems
Fuel lines may be manufactured with inadequate materials, which can easily break and cause fuel leaks. In addition, fuel lines may not have safety valves that are designed to cut off the fuel flow in the result of an accident. Either of these problems can cause gas to feed a fire after an accident and lead to much more serious injuries or death.

Fuel Pump Problems
Electric fuel pumps should shut off in the case of a collision. If a fuel pump does not shut off, it will continue to pump gasoline through the fuel system and feed any fires that may have resulted from the accident. It is critical that all fuel pumps have a mechanism for shutting off fuel in the event of an accident and that the mechanism works properly.


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