The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has expanded its investigation into 2011-2017 Ford Explorer SUVs after receiving new reports of carbon monoxide leaking into vehicle compartments.
According to NHTSA, it is aware of three crashes and 41 injuries that might be linked to the possible defect. NHTSA claims it is aware of 2,700 complaints about the leaks. The Ford Explorer models affected by carbon monoxide leaks may include both civilian and police vehicles.
Can Ford Explorer Carbon Monoxide Leaks Cause Crashes?
Carbon monoxide leaks could be behind several crashes involving Ford Police Interceptor Utility Vehicles. These are slightly modified versions of the Ford Explorer SUV.
In 2015, a police officer in Newport Beach crashed his vehicle into a tree after losing consciousness while driving. Initially, doctors could not determine why he had lost consciousness. Only after learning of hundreds of complaints involving his vehicle did he realize his crash may have been caused by carbon monoxide poisoning.
In another case that occurred in March, an Austin police officer almost crashed into a bus after becoming lightheaded while driving. He was rushed to the hospital and treated for carbon monoxide poisoning. Several weeks ago, five more Austin police officers were treated for carbon monoxide exposure.
An officer in Louisiana is also thought to be a victim of a carbon monoxide leak. On April 26th, the officer blacked out while driving and flipped her vehicle. After arriving at the hospital, a blood test revealed she had a carbon monoxide level of 82 percent – a potentially fatal amount.
These officers continue to suffer from health problems caused by the carbon monoxide exposure. One of the officers has reported ongoing problems with headaches, vision, nausea and dizziness.
If you or a loved one has suffered carbon monoxide exposure while driving a Ford Explorer vehicle, then it is crucial to speak with an attorney. Damages from a lawsuit may help pay for the expenses associated with catastrophic injuries or wrongful death. The personal injury attorneys at Eisenberg, Rothweiler, Winkler, Eisenberg & Jeck, P.C. have extensive experience helping people who were harmed by vehicle defects.