When you purchase a new vehicle, you expect that the vehicle will be free of any defects that will seriously affect the vehicle and possibly your safety. Unfortunately, some consumers will be stuck with a defective vehicle because the manufacturer chose to cut corners and failed to test their product. If you or a family member was injured due to a defective Ford fuel tank, contact an experienced Philadelphia car accident attorney today.
The Reiff Law Firm understands how a serious car accident can change your life, and we are here to help you pursue legal action against the vehicle manufacturer that caused your injury. Our firm has provided legal services to residents of Southeast Pennsylvania and New Jersey for years, and we would be honored to represent you. To schedule a free legal consultation, contact the Reiff Law Firm at (215) 246-9000, or contact us online.
How Fuel Tanks are Designed to Operate
The purpose of a vehicle fuel tank is to safely hold gasoline in an area of the vehicle that is difficult to damage in the event of a car accident. However, a fuel tank has other important functions that help a vehicle operate efficiently. For example, the fuel tank, via the fuel pump, provides the vehicle’s engines with fuel to propel the vehicle. Additional functions of a fuel tank include:
- Preventing the leakage of fuel
- Decreasing the amount of fuel that evaporates from the tank
- Notifying the driver of the amount of fuel in the tank (fuel tank sensors)
- Being properly constructed to avoid sparks when filling the tank with gasoline
Fuel tanks for automobiles are typically constructed of one of two types of materials: metal and plastic. Specifically, some vehicle manufacturers will use steel or aluminum. However, many vehicle manufacturers are learning the benefits of constructing a fuel tank from plastic and are abandoning the use of metal fuel tanks.
Plastic gas tanks are often composed of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) created by blow molding the material. Plastic fuel tanks that are blow-molded are useful because they can take several different shapes and make it easier to place the tank in tight areas of the vehicle. Plastic fuel tanks are also less likely to fracture and spill flammable fluid in the case of a serious accident.
Defects with Ford Focus Gas Tanks
According to a recall order by Ford, 58,000 Ford Focus vehicles from 2012-2014 and 2017 contain gas tanks that must be repaired again after the previous recall did not fix the issues with the gas tank. Specifically, Ford Focus vehicles equipped with the following gas tanks are subject to the recall:
- 2012 and 2016 models equipped with 2.0 liter GDI engines that were built between October 2012 to July 2012 and August 2016 to April 2017
- 2013-2014 models with 2.0 liter GTDI engines constructed between May 2012 to December 2014
The most serious issue with defective Ford fuel tanks is the possibility that the vehicle could lose power while still in motion. If a vehicle loses power while it is in motion, the driver of the vehicle can easily lose control of the vehicle and end up in a catastrophic car accident. Other possible problems include incorrect fuel gauge readings or engine indicator lights that are inaccurate.
Additionally, the defective tanks can also become deformed after a period of time. If this happens, fuel can escape the tank and cause a number of other issues. While Ford is offering to repair issues that cause the gas tank to malfunction, this may not be enough if you were in a serious accident due to tank malfunctioning.
If you were injured due to a malfunctioning Ford fuel tank, you should consider filing a personal injury lawsuit against Ford. The Reiff Law Firm has never been afraid of helping our clients litigate against large companies that have acted recklessly when dealing with the safety of their consumers.
Our firm can help you gather evidence for your case and timely file your lawsuit against Ford. You should not delay in having your case examined by an experienced attorney. The last problem you want to have is learning that you can no longer pursue a lawsuit against Ford because you waited too long to file your lawsuit.
Contact Our Philadelphia Personal Injury Lawyers to Handle Your Defective Gas Tank Claim
If you or a family member was in a car accident because of a defective Ford fuel tank, contact an experienced Philadelphia personal injury lawyer today. With decades of personal injury experience, the legal team at the Reiff Law Firm is dedicated to helping our clients pursue the compensation they deserve for their injuries. To schedule a free legal consultation, contact the Reiff Law Firm at (215) 246-9000.