Exploding Gas Tanks
There are many factors to consider when designing the fuel tank of an automobile. It must be placed in an accessible area where it can easily be refueled, but it also must be able to feed its contents into the engine. It must be large enough to hold a decent amount of gas, but it also must be small enough so that it does not take up too much valuable space in the vehicle.
The most important feature, however, is the safety of the tank. The materials and location of this container are two key factors in determining how safe it is. If the tank is constructed of inadequate materials, then it may not be able to contain and protect the fuel in a secure manner. If the tank is located in the crumple zone, on the exterior of the vehicle, or in any other dangerous area, then the chance of fire or explosion upon impact are significantly increased.
Two vehicles that have previously been cited for exploding gas tank issues were the Ford Pinto and Ford Crown Victoria. These two automobiles had their fuel tanks located behind the rear axle, which put them in prime location for suffering serious and dangerous damage in the case of a collision. In the case of both vehicles, numerous instances of gas tank-related explosions and fires have been reported.
If you or someone you love has been injured by an exploding gas tank, then you may have the right to recover compensation from the responsible party. To speak with an attorney about your situation, legal rights, and options, contact the Kenosha car accident lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® today at 800-242-2874.