The survivor of a deadly crash between a tractor-trailer and a Jeep Cherokee is now urging the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to recall the same model Cherokees like the one she was riding in at the time of the accident, due to a design problem that she says caused the deaths of two of the Jeep’s other passengers.
Design and manufacturing defects in motor vehicles can cause serious injuries and even claim lives, as every experienced Kentucky car accident attorney has seen. In some situations, a non-fatal accident can turn fatal if the impact triggers a part to fail or cause other serious harm.
The accident survivor remembers watching the Jeep burst into flames on the night of the accident, as one of the passengers pulled another to safety; but no one was able to rescue the two remaining passengers in the back seat, who died in the fire.
Now, she’s urging the NHTSA to recall Jeep Cherokees sold in model years 1992 to 2004. These models have a plastic fuel tank mounted behind the vehicle’s rear wheel, which may make the vehicles particularly vulnerable to fires in rear-end collisions. The NHTSA opened an investigation into the fire risk in 2010, but has yet to come to a conclusion or to issue a recall.
Vehicle defects can cause serious accidents, injuries, or even death. If you’ve been injured by a defective vehicle or piece of vehicle equipment, please don’t hesitate to contact hardworking Kentucky car accident attorney Tad Thomas to learn more about your legal options.