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Ford Settles "Drop In Gas Tank" Case

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David Baier, a 67 year old man, and his wife sued Ford Motor Co. in 2004 alleging his 1967 Ford Mustang’s gas tank was defective and caused the fire that left Baier permanently deformed. Baier’s vehicle was hit from behind in an auto accident and burst into flames shortly thereafter because of a defective and ill placed gas tank. Although the terms of this settlement were kept confidential, you can rest assured it was at least a high six figure settlement given the severity of of Baier’s injuries.

According to desmoinesregister.com:

“Ford knows about the problem, and it persists in denying it exists,” Rand said. “This car has a long history of litigation for precisely this problem.”

Ford has settled dozens of other lawsuits about the drop-in gas tank, which it abandoned in 1971. The automaker denies any wrongdoing, pointing to a federal investigation that found in 1976 the vehicles did not pose an unreasonable safety risk.