Complaints of injuries continue demonstrating the problem of carbon monoxide exposure inside Ford Explorers even after owners took their vehicles to Ford for repairs. In addition, 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 a deadly killer. Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include lethargy, shortness of breath, confusion, headaches, nausea, and blurry vision.2 A recipe for disaster if consumers inhale enough of this carbon monoxide while driving 70-75 mph on our highways.
The NHTSA opened an investigation of these Ford Explorers based on the many complaints including those by Police departments that own these vehicles. The NHTSA concluded in its report 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
Now, the Center for Auto Safety is asking Ford to “recall 1.35 million Explorer SUVs due to the continued complaints of exhaust fumes in the passenger compartments.” The group “says it found 44 complaints in a government database about fumes and potential carbon monoxide after owners had taken Explorers in for free repairs in a Ford customer service campaign that started last October.” The group made “its request in a letter to Ford CEO Jim Hackett this week.” 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
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 713-523-1606 or click here to send our team of experienced, skilled lawyers a confidential email via our “Contact Us” form.