Posted On March 7, 2018 In Uncategorized
Do you own a Ford Explorer that was manufactured between 2011 and 2017? You should continue reading this blog. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has received almost 1,400 reports of these vehicles leaking exhaust fumes into passenger cabins. Complaints suggest that vehicle owners are being exposed to carbon monoxide. There are also reports of crashes and injuries caused by this possible defect.
NHTSA is investigating Ford Explorers affected by the issue and there may be a recall. The Center of Auto Safety (CAS) has called on Ford to recall these vehicles before anyone is killed.
Vehicle owners have reported experiencing symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning while driving. Symptoms reported by vehicle owners include drowsiness, vomiting and losing consciousness. CAS said it has received reports of children suffering these symptoms and requiring emergency treatment. In one cases, a 70-year-old Explorer owner said he had to pull over and call an ambulance after becoming deathly ill while driving. In another incident, a Lafayette, Louisiana family became very sick while making a trip to Dallas in their 2015 Ford Explorer.
Complaints about the issue began with police utility vehicles, which are a modified version of the Ford Explorer. Police officers have reported crashing or almost crashing their vehicles due to symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning. Last year, seven officers with the Austin Police Department (APD) were reportedly exposed to carbon monoxide while using these vehicles. One APD officer became drowsy while driving and almost crashed into a bus. Another filed a lawsuit after suffering possible nerve damage due to carbon monoxide exposure.
Ford claims its vehicles are safe. However, the recent increase in near-misses or accidents involving these vehicles suggests they may contain a deadly safety defect.
Will Ford issue a recall before it’s too late? If you have read our prior blogs on auto recalls, then you may already realize that auto manufacturers sometimes conceal dangerous defects. Will the Ford Explorer become another Ford Pinto or General Motors ignition switch scandal? Let us know what you think by connecting with Mike Love & Associates LLC on Facebook and Twitter.
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