Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed Against Ford After Fiery Car Crash

Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed Against Ford After Fiery Car CrashA wrongful death lawsuit has been filed against Ford Motor Co. and two car dealerships in Alton, Wisconsin, alleging that a defectively manufactured vehicle was the cause of two deaths in a fiery automobile accident, the Madison Record reports.

According to the news source, the complaint was filed by Beth Brimer and Ronald Thorp on November 30 in Madison County Circuit Court, naming Ford, Roberts Ford and Roberts Motors as defendants in the case.

The complaint states that Nicole and Chad Thorp were driving in a 2007 Ford Edge on December 20, 2009, when the vehicle allegedly left the roadway, flipped, and caught fire. In the accident, the lid on one of the fuel pumps was later determined to have come off, causing the fire to spread rapidly and allowing fuel to leak into the passenger’s area of the vehicle.

Nicole and Chad Thorp allegedly suffered severe pain before dying in the accident, and left behind a son. The complaint alleges the accident caused the unnamed child to lose his parents’ society, love, affection, care, attention, companionship, comfort, guidance and financial support.

“The vehicle was defectively designed and/or manufactured such that the fuel pump module access cover is fastened to the floor of the passenger compartment with the plastic push pins that lack adequate strength to withstand forces created in a roll-over accident, thereby permitting the fuel pump to be ejected into the passenger compartment, releasing gasoline into the vehicle,” the suit states.

Ford has been the subject of complaints already in 2011, with one class-action lawsuit leading to a judge’s order to pay roughly $2 billion to about 3,000 Ford dealerships around the country – the largest verdict ever found against the company, according to USA Today.