By Rob Ammons
After driving his Ford Explorer for just two weeks, Steve Simmons, was diagnosed with carbon monoxide poisoning.[i] Ford acknowledged getting more than 2,000 reports as of August last year about this carbon monoxide exhaust problem in the Ford Explorer. Ford is offering to make repairs for the 2011-2017 Models since 1.3 million people are owners of these models.[ii]
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.[iii] A recipe for disaster if consumers inhale enough of this carbon monoxide while driving 70-75 mph on our highways.
The NHTSA has 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. The full report can be found here.[iv]
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.