Thousands of Ford Explorer Owners Say Carbon Monoxide Leaks Inside Their Cabins Are Making Them Sick
The Center for Auto Safety is saying emphatically that a vehicle defect recall should be ordered for 2011-2017 SUVs to protect occupants from deadly carbon monoxide gas that leaks into the vehicle compartment. According to a report in CarComplaints.com, days ago, Ford announced a “complimentary service” program for non-police Explorers to give consumers peace of mind about the SUVs, which the automaker still claims to be safe.
The Call for a Formal Recall
The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has been investigating complaints about Explorer SUVs that leak exhaust fumes into cabins and make occupants sick from carbon monoxide exposure, increasing the risk of a crash. Ford has continually maintained that the SUVs are not affected by carbon monoxide problems and that a recall isn’t necessary. But what they are essentially doing with their service program is replacing liftgate drain valves, reprogram the air conditioners and seal the rear of the SUVs – just without officially calling it a recall.
This free customer program may sound promising to Explorer owners. However, the safety advocates at the Center for Auto Safety are calling for a full-blown recall saying that Ford’s program doesn’t go far enough and that the automaker should not be able to get away with anything less than a formal recall. The group is saying that if Ford refuses to voluntarily recall these dangerous and defective vehicles, NHTSA should step in and put pressure on the automaker, especially considering that millions of vehicles – including police cruisers and civilian vehicles – are involved.
Resistance by Ford
The automaker has been eluding a recall for at least two years now in spite of knowing fully well about the police officers who have lost consciousness while driving in these cruisers and gotten into serious injury car accidents. Several police departments around the country have installed carbon monoxide detectors in their vehicles to protect their officers. Our auto defect law firm is representing law enforcement officials as well as civilians who have been affected by these Ford SUVs.
We stand with the Center for Auto Safety in demanding a recall of these hazardous vehicles. Each and every consumer who has these vehicles and uses them should be informed about the potential dangers. They should all have an opportunity to get their vehicles repaired at no cost, as the law requires. While Ford is trying to protect itself from the PR nightmare the significant expense of a recall, it is the only way to prevent more injuries and loss of precious lives.