Fuel system defects in cars and trucks account for an alarming number of deaths each year in the United States, and these deaths are especially tragic because they are preventable. Automotive fuel system defects can result in fires that occur after an otherwise-survivable vehicle collision.
After a Collision
It's a horrifying scenario: a collision occurs, people are trapped inside a damaged but intact car or truck, and although they survived the collision, a fire erupts that severely injures or kills the occupants and/or people who've attempted a rescue.
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), each year in the U.S. from 1999 to 2003, an average of 325,100 vehicle fires occurred, causing more than 400 deaths and 1,500 injuries. These fires can occur after:
Fuel system defects account for a disproportionately large number of these deaths about 17 percent. When a fuel system is poorly designed, the gasoline or other fuel may leak and explode after a collision. A fuel-fed fire is extremely dangerous and difficult to bring under control.
Design or Manufacturing Defects
A variety of flaws in a fuel system's design or defects in its manufacturing process may be the cause of a given fire. There are many possible fuel system defects, including:
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