Police consider Ford Explorer unsafeAugust 22, 2019
Six police crews filed a lawsuit against Ford with the Clark County Supreme Court in Washington, accusing the manufacturer of Explorer design flaws.
The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) launched its own investigation back in 2016 after numerous complaints from Ford Explorer owners about penetration of exhaust fumes. Officials acknowledged the problem and announced that they were able to record an excess of the acceptable level of carbon monoxide in the cabin, causing people to feel nauseous, dizzy, and headache, and in some cases even lose consciousness. The manufacturer recalled 100 SUVs, and in 2017 announced a full-fledged service action aimed at eliminating the problem. It is still valid and applies to Ford Explorer, released from 2010 to 2018.
It is worth noting that the tests showed the penetration of exhaust gases into the cabin only with a combination of several factors – fully pressing the gas pedal when the climate control is turned on. The Washington police, who filed a lawsuit against Ford, claim that one of the patrolmen, due to the constant exposure to carbon monoxide, received a chronic illness, due to which he lost his job. However, in this case, the manufacturer refused to acknowledge the problem and stated that carbon monoxide enters police SUVs through abnormal openings made by third parties after the sale of the car in order to install special equipment. Is it so, the court will decide.
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