RV Explosion Injury Attorney
Nationwide Recreational Vehicle (RV) & Camper Propane Explosion Lawyers
LP or propane gas
explosions involving campers, fifth wheels, travel trailers and other recreational
vehicles are not just "accidents." Through our experience in
handling these cases, we know they are often caused because of defects
in manufacturing and the negligent selection of components and appliances.
We also know that manufacturers are aware of safer alternatives, but resist
The great majority of recreational vehicles in the United States are sold
with stoves and cooktops which are not equipped with flame failure devices
(FFDs). In order to prevent a dangerous buildup of propane, these safety
devices are designed to shut off the flow of dangerous LP gas in the event
the stove fails to light, the flame is extinguished or the stove is inadvertently
left on. This technology has existed for decades and has been mandatory
in Australia and most European countries for many years. This type of
device is included in other standard RV appliances sold in the United
States including ovens and hot water heaters. The failure to include these
life safety devices on stoves and cooktops is inexcusable. The cost of
a FFD is approximately $4.00!
Faulty Propane Detectors
Some people are unable to detect the odorant ethyl mercaptan in propane
gas. In the event of an overnight leak, even people with a "normal"
sense of smell are unable to detect the presence of ethyl mercaptan due
to "odor fade" which makes it impossible to detect. Unlike the
average consumer who does not appreciate the danger, the industry is well
aware of this hazard. Some RV manufacturers even install propane detectors
and promote them as safety devices intended to alarm in the event dangerous
LP gas escapes. These devices create a false sense of safety. The fact
is, these propane detectors often fail to detect the presence of explosive
levels of propane, and many explosions occur even though a functioning
detector was installed in the RV. This, too, is well known within the industry.
As national camper explosion attorneys, we are well acquainted with these
incidents and we are equally well versed in the science which underpins
them. As such, we can assess and evaluate your case quickly.