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SUVs recalled over gas leaks – but fix won’t directly address the problem

On Behalf of | Apr 15, 2024 | Personal Injury |

Automobiles that run on fuels such as gasoline work by combusting the fuel within the cylinders of the vehicle’s engine. These combustions cause pistons to move, which translate the explosions into mechanical power. It goes without saying that gasoline is an incredibly flammable substance and any leak from the engine can be disastrous.

Ford is recalling almost 43,000 small SUVs over faulty fuel injectors, which can leak gasoline and spill onto hot surfaces, causing engine fires. According to documents the company filed with safety regulators, Ford said that the fuel injectors in the affected vehicles can crack, leading to dangerous leaks.

The automaker noted in documents that it is aware of five under-hood fires. Ford also received reports of 14 warranty replacements of fuel injectors, but no injury or crash reports related to the issue.

While Ford has offered a fix – where dealers will install a tube to allow gasoline to flow away from hot surfaces – it doesn’t directly address the cracking fuel injectors. The company explained that it’s confident the tube fix is enough to protect consumers, adding that the problem only affects about 1% of the SUVs.

The recall affects Bronco Sport SUVs from the 2022 and 2023 model years, and Escape SUVs from 2022.

Car fires are dangerous

Car fires can lead to severe injuries and even fatalities. Occupants may suffer from burns, smoke inhalation and other trauma. Additionally, car fires can lead to explosions. Flying debris from an exploding vehicle puts nearby pedestrians and property at risk.

But there’s more to car fires than just physical injuries. The emotional toll of such incidents can be significant, leading to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other psychological issues.

Can you receive compensation for defect-induced car fires?

Under New Mexico law, individuals injured due to a defective product, such as a faulty fuel injector, may be entitled to compensation through a product liability lawsuit.

In a product liability claim, you’ll have to prove that the product was defective, unreasonably dangerous and that it caused your injury. Compensation from a claim may cover medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages. In cases of gross negligence or willful misconduct, punitive damages may also be awarded.

But don’t think that you’ll receive compensation immediately; the manufacturer may take your case to court. This can make recovering compensation much more difficult. A legal professional experienced in personal injury cases may be able to represent you in litigation and handle this very complex situation.