Car Fires. Do you need to file a Ford Car Fire lawsuit?
Car fires are scary. The first thing is try not to panic but move quickly getting yourself, your passengers, and the pets far enough away from the vehicle (at least 100 feet) and to avoid oncoming traffic. If youíre driving down the freeway, try to move to the far right; donít forget to use your signal. Get on the shoulder. Stop. Shut off the engine. Get everyone out of the vehicle and move away from the car. Warn oncoming cars of the fire. Call 911. Do not attempt to put out the fire yourself because of the possibility of explosions and inhaling of toxic fumes.
- Car fires: What should you do?
- Car fires: What are the causes?
- Ford Motor Company recalls over 225,000 at risk for car fires.
- Have you been the victim of a car fire?
- Do you need to file a car fire lawsuit?
Consistent maintenance is the key to preventing a car fire. Your car should be checked regularly especially before you go on a long trip. Have all the fluids, valves, and plugs checked. Most car fires start in the engine. Leaking fluids, short circuits, faulty carburetors, and catalytic converters can start most fires in cars. Fires can also start in the exhaust system, particularly in the manifold which reaches the highest temperatures. Fires can start in brakes, especially in tractor trailers. Car fires can even result from a cigarette that never quite made it out of the window or from a cigarette lighter.
There are numerous causes of car fires.
In November 2005 the Ford Motor Company announced that it would recall 226,000 cars in the U.S. and Canada because of car fire risk. Vehicles involved in the recall are from the 2005 model year and include the Crown Victoria, Lincoln Town Car, Mercury Grand Marquis, and Montego sedans. Ford is recalling 127,493 Ford 500, Mercury Montego sedans, and Freestyle wagons because the straps that secure the fuel tank to the vehicle body may break, causing the fuel tank and fuel tank heat shield to drop onto the driveshaft or exhaust system. Ford is also recalling 98,444 Crown Victoria, Lincoln Town car, and Mercury Grand Marquis sedans because on certain vehicles the battery cable may scrape on an attaching bolt and could lead to a fire. The recall is being conducted in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Have you or your family been the victim of a Ford car fire or any car fire? Do you need to file a car fire lawsuit?
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