Posted on April 7, 2015 in Car Accidents
If you drive a Ford Explorer and believe that you smell carbon monoxide or exhaust while inside of the vehicle, you are not alone. Ford has come under scrutiny for a possible auto defect that causes dangerous carbon monoxide leaks in Ford Explorers. Many consumers who have experienced adverse effects are beginning to exercise their legal rights and file lawsuits against the automaker.
At Kelley | Uustal, we are currently reviewing cases from consumers in California and across the nation who believe their Ford Explorers may have this serious defect. Our lawyers are involved in representing individuals and families who have been exposed to carbon monoxide leaks in Ford Explorers. Kelley | Uustal was the first to discover this defect and expose this problem in a lawsuit filed against Ford on behalf of a Florida mother.
Understanding the Defect
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is investigating the carbon monoxide leaks in what could be hundreds of thousands of Ford Explorers.
Here is what is known about the defect so far:
- The NHTSA has received numerous consumer complaints about carbon monoxide leaks in the cabins of Ford Explorers. Most complaints have involved 2011-2015 Ford Explorers.
- Carbon monoxide levels in vehicles with the defect have been found to be above 100 parts per millions, a level experts consider hazardous to a person’s health.
- Exposure to carbon monoxide can cause serious and even fatal complications. Common symptoms include headaches, nausea, and vomiting, among others.
- Ford has not commented on pending lawsuits, but the automaker has released a service bulletin about the issue, stating that some Explorers may “exhibit an exhaust odor in the vehicle with the auxiliary climate control system on.”
Understanding Your Right to File A Claim
Auto manufacturers are required by law to ensure they take reasonable measures to provide safe vehicles. Under product liability law, consumers who drive vehicles with dangerous defects have the right to file claims against Ford and recover compensation for their damages.
If you have questions about pursuing a Ford Explorer carbon monoxide lawsuit in California or anywhere in the U.S., our Fort Lauderdale product liability lawyers at Kelley | Uustal are available to discuss your case during a FREE consultation. Call (954) 522-6601 to learn if you may be eligible to file a claim.