Numerous consumer complaints claim one of America’s most popular SUVs has a potentially fatal defect. According to more than 450 complaints filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Ford Explorer models between the years of 2011 to 2017 may leak carbon monoxide and exhaust fumes into cabins while people are driving. People injured or sickened by Ford Explorer exhaust fumes have already filed lawsuits.
In one instance, an officer with the Newport Beach Police Department blacked out and crashed his vehicle into a tree. Doctors could not determine why he had blacked out. Weeks later, his questions were answered. The officer came across complaints involving the Ford Explorer weeks later. Other Ford Explorer owners had complained of a “rotten egg smell” while driving.
NHTSA launched an investigation into the possible vehicle defect last July. Ford also claims it is aware of the problem, but that it does not pose a safety risk. According to consumer complaints, the leak may occur while motorists are accelerating with the air conditioner running in circulation mode. The automaker advised dealerships to apply sealant and undercoating to prevent possible leaks.
Have Consumers Filed Lawsuits Over Ford Explorer Exhaust Fumes?
Carbon monoxide exposure causes headaches, dizziness, vomiting and nausea. Extensive exposure can lead to unconsciousness and death.
Lawsuits filed against Ford claim the automakers should have known the vehicles were defective. In addition, the lawsuits claim Ford failed to acknowledge this issue and may have misled consumers about the seriousness of the defect.
If you or loved ones have suffered harm from a vehicle defect, you may have legal options. The personal injury attorneys at Metier Law Firm, LLC can discuss your situation at no charge.