Complaints of injuries continue demonstrating the problem of carbon monoxide exposure inside Ford Explorers even after owners took their vehicles to Ford for repairs. Jason Levine, the executive director of the Center for Auto Safety, said the problems have continued into the 2018 model year, suggesting the issue apparently has not been designed out of the vehicle.1
Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless, tasteless gas that can be a silent, but deadly killer. Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include lethargy, shortness of breath, confusion, headaches, nausea, and blurry vision, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.2 Consumers inhaling enough of this carbon monoxide while driving 70-75 mph on our highways is a recipe for disaster.
The NHTSA opened an investigation into these Ford Explorers based on the many complaints, including those made by police departments that own these vehicles. The NHTSA concluded that the Ford Explorer is experiencing exhaust manifold cracks, which appear to present a low level of detectability, and may explain the exhaust odor.3 The NHTSA has been “investigating the problem for two years in police and civilian Explorers from the 2011 through 2017 model years, but it has not reached a conclusion.”4
In a letter to Ford CEO Jim Hackett this week, the Center for Auto Safety asked Ford to “recall 1.35 million Explorer SUVs due to the continued complaints of exhaust fumes in the passenger compartments.” The advocacy group said it discovered 44 complaints in a government database about fumes and potential carbon monoxide after owners too Explorers in for free repairs as part of a Ford customer service campaign that started last fall.4
If you or a loved one has been injured due to carbon monoxide poisoning in a Ford Explorer, you may have a potential claim for damages against the manufacturer. The Ammons Law Firm and its team have the legal resources and experience to assist you. Call (281) 801-5617 or click here to send our team of experienced, skilled lawyers a confidential email via our “Contact Us” form.
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