The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is stepping up a probe into Ford Explorer sports utility vehicles after reports that they can leak exhaust fumes, including carbon monoxide. So far 2,719 complaints have been received about 2011 - 2017 model year Explorers, including those used by police. There is no substantive evidence that any accidents or injuries were directly caused by this issue, but testing has shown levels of carbon monoxide may be elevated in certain scenarios.
Possible Health Concerns Tied to Carbon Monoxide Exposure
If you drive a 2011-2017 Ford Explorer or any vehicle in which this might be a concern, it is important to take the risk seriously. Even if your car is in perfect working order, something like an exhaust pipe plugged with snow can force exhaust fumes into the car. Exhaust fumes like carbon monoxide can cause nausea, headaches, and loss of consciousness before you realize you are being exposed. If you smell exhaust fumes or experience any of these symptoms while driving, it may be a good idea to purchase a carbon monoxide monitor to check your vehicle, or contact your dealer for information.
What Would a Ford Explorer Recall Mean?
In cases like this where an obvious design defect leads to physical harm, those injured are often entitled to financial compensation. Occasionally, even the car dealership who sold you the car can be held accountable if they failed to inform you of a safety recall notice. It can be difficult to spot the cause of injuries from exposure to carbon monoxide as they can accrue slowly over time, adding to the complexity of a possible liability claim. At Tapella & Eberspacher, we handle a range of product liability claims, including massive auto recalls. If you want more information on what your options are should a Ford Explorer recall be executed, please contact our firm at (217) 394-5885 or fill out a contact form.