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Are Ford Explorers Poisoning Passengers?

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Ford Explorers may be poisoning consumers with dangerously high levels of carbon monoxide. There have been approximately 2,100 complaints to Ford Motor Company directly and an additional 791 made to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) about possible carbon monoxide poisoning in certain Ford Explorers. The complaints pertain to more than 1.33 million 2011-2017 Ford Explorers.

Some reports mention a strong odor that smells like burning hair. Victims claim they have experienced nausea, vomiting, lightheadedness, headaches, and fainting. If a person becomes disoriented while driving a Ford Explorer, the driver and his or her passengers are not the only people at risk. Other motorists and pedestrians could be killed or injured as well.

Ford engineers blame post-production modifications

Ford Explorer Interceptors are used extensively by police departments across the United States. To properly equip these vehicles with lights, sirens, and other electronic equipment required for police work, holes must be drilled in various areas of the vehicle. In July of 2017, a police officer in Massachusetts rear-ended a vehicle after becoming lightheaded while behind the wheel of his department's Ford Explorer. The police officer and the interior of the Explorer both tested positive for high levels of carbon monoxide. According to Ford investigators, post-production modifications are allowing carbon monoxide to leak into the car's interior.

NHTSA has expanded their investigation

Despite the theory of Ford engineers, the NHTSA expanded their investigation in 2016 from 638,000 Explorers to an engineering analysis of 1.33 million of the vehicles. Complaints have not been limited to people in modified vehicles. Many Explorer owners with children have claimed their children experienced stomach aches and vomiting caused by the Ford Explorer. The NHTSA states they do not currently have conclusive evidence that a Ford Explorer has caused carbon monoxide poisoning of a driver or passenger. However, the agency continues to examine possible scenarios that may allow carbon monoxide inside the vehicles. These scenarios include when air conditioning or heat is running and when the engine is accelerated for an extended amount of time.

As of October 2017, there has been no voluntary recall of Explorers by Ford or a forced recall by the NHTSA. A product liability attorney can advise individuals who believe they may be victims of a defective Explorer. Symptoms may include confusion, headache, weakness, and shortness of breath. Continued exposure can result in loss of consciousness and death.

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