Lawsuit alleges manufacturing defect in Ford vehicle resulted in fuel-fed fire after automobile crash

MONTGOMERY, ALA. (January 11, 2011) – Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles, P.C., has filed a lawsuit in the Circuit Court of Jefferson County, Alabama (01-CV-2011-900074.00), on behalf of a young man badly burned and permanently injured when his car burned after a crash. The lawsuit alleges the automobile manufacturer, Ford Motor Company, was aware the design of the 1993 Ford Crown Victoria driven by the victim, 26-year-old Kevin Deandreas Boykins, was dangerous, presenting a significant risk of post crash fires, particularly in rear impacts.

Mr. Boykins was badly burned on Dec. 19, 2010, when his car was struck in the rear by another vehicle. The impact caused the fuel system and gas tank of the Crown Victoria to fail, resulting in the spillage of a large amount of gasoline, which immediately ignited. Mr. Boykins was severely injured when the passenger compartment of the vehicle was engulfed in flames within seconds.

“Ford is well aware that the Crown Victoria has serious design problems that cause it to be extremely unsafe in rear-end collisions,” said Richard D. Morrison, a lawyer at Beasley Allen who will be involved in the case. “This known fire hazard has caused a number of deaths and severe burn injuries over the years. Ford has elected to put profits over safety and has failed to correct the fuel-fed fire problems caused by its defective design of these vehicles.”

The lawsuit seeks to hold Ford accountable for the vehicle’s lack of crashworthiness, and alleges negligence and wantonness. The other driver is also a defendant in the lawsuit. Jere L. Beasley, J. Cole Portis and Richard D. Morrison, lawyers in the firm, will handle this case for Mr. Boykins. 

Read the complaint.



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