Fuel System

Modified on 2009/10/14 21:40 by admin
Automobile fires continue to be a serious safety threat. Fires occur in approximately 2.4 percent of all fatal crashes. The Federal government estimates that each year 310 people are killed in post-collision vehicle fires, and 670 are severely burned.

Many of these injuries and deaths could be prevented if automobile manufacturers designed safer fuel systems. Since the days of the infamous Ford Pinto fires, fuel tank integrity has been a major subject of debate. The importance of properly designed fuel tank systems became apparent to automobile manufacturers in the 1950s. Unfortunately, some car manufacturers have failed to implement the best and safest designs.

Fuel typically leaks either from the tank itself or from one of the connections to the tank (such as hoses, etc.). Therefore it is important to design a fuel system that resists leakage from these sources. Most experts agree that placing the fuel tank between the rear wheels and covering it with a fire and puncture resistant shield is the best practice.

View sub-topics at right to learn more about some specific vehicles with fuel system design flaws. Alternatively, if you have been injured in an automobile fire, it may be important for you to contact an attorney who can help you protect your legal rights. Please keep in mind that there may be time limits within which you must commence suit.

See Also

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  2. Automobiles & Other Vehicles
  3. Chrysler 2001 Dodge Caravan: Overview
  4. Dodge, Plymouth & Chrysler Minivans - Fuel Problems: Overview
  5. Ford Crown Victoria
  6. Ford Mustang: Overview
  7. General Motors Vehicles
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