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Ford Explorer Exhaust Leak Injuries

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A year-long investigation into complaints against the Ford Explorer line of sport utility vehicles has found that more than 1.3 million vehicles could have an issue that results in exhaust leaks allowing the fumes, which contain high amounts of carbon monoxide, to enter the cabin of the vehicle. As a result, drivers have reportedly experienced nausea, headaches, and even losses in consciousness that have resulted in accidents and serious injuries to vehicle drivers and their occupants.

If you have suffered a serious illness or injury as a result of an exhaust leak issue with one of these vehicles, you do have rights as a consumer and may be eligible to receive compensation. For over 23 years, Duck Law Firm, LLC has provided quality counsel and aggressive representation for clients who have sustained injuries in all types of automotive issues, including those injured as a result of recalls or other major defects as well as serious accidents. We have successfully recovered millions of dollars on behalf of our clients, and firmly believe that everyone deserves the high-quality counsel and representation they need when they have been wrongfully impacted by a faulty product.

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Affected Models & Solutions

The vehicles in question are Ford Explorers that were manufactured between the model years of 2011 to 2017. To date, more than 2,700 complaints have been filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and directly with the Ford Motor Company regarding this defect. While the NHTSA has not yet issued a full recall for these vehicles, the study has been upgraded to an “engineering analysis,” which is the last step before doing so.

Drivers and vehicle passengers reported experiencing the following symptoms as a result of these exhaust leaks:

  • Nausea
  • Headaches
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Horrible smells in the car

The leaks allowed dangerous carbon monoxide gas to reach the cabin of the vehicle. Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless, and tasteless gas that can cause serious health problems in anyone. Overexposure to carbon monoxide can cause loss of consciousness, and continued high levels of exposure can even result in permanent brain damage, asphyxiation, or even fatal consequences.

Ford has issued service bulletins for some of these vehicles, which means they are aware of the problem and working towards a solution. If you have a concern about this issue and have a vehicle you believe may be impacted, bring your vehicle to your local dealer and reference service bulletin TSB=-14-0130.

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