Ford Explorer Exhaust Odor – Potential Class Action Investigation
Chimicles & Tikellis is investigating a potential class action lawsuit on behalf of owners and lessees of 2016 and 2017 Ford Explorers. On July 27, 2017, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced that it was expanding an ongoing investigation related to possible carbon monoxide leaks in Explorers to include these 2016-17 models. It has been reported that “thousands” of complaints have been filed with NHTSA regarding possible carbon monoxide leaks in Ford Explorers. Carbon monoxide can create a hazardous condition for drivers and other occupants of vehicles if the fumes enter the cabin.
Many of these Ford Explorers are operated by police departments. According to reports, the Austin police department pulled 40 Explorers from service and more than a half dozen officers became ill after reporting exposure to carbon monoxide. Other reports have described an incident where a Newport Beach police officer driving a Ford Explorer police cruiser lost consciousness, jumped the boulevard into oncoming traffic and plowed into a tree.
If you own or lease a 2016 or 2017 Ford Explorer and have noticed carbon monoxide odors entering the vehicle, please contact us by filling out the form below.