After more than 2,700 complaints have been reported to government agencies, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened an official investigation into Ford Explorers with model years 2011 to 2017. These reports from consumers indicate that the exhaust systems are experiencing leaks that cause carbon monoxide to enter the cabin of the vehicle. This could cause drivers to lose consciousness or become ill. More than 1.3 million Ford Explorer SUVs are now included in the investigation, including the Police Interceptor model that is sold directly to law enforcement agencies. Have you already been hurt in an accident involving this issue? If so, you need to reach out to determine how to get your vehicle fixed and whether or not you have grounds for a case.

A total of 41 injuries and 3 reported crashes have already been included in the study, although no fatalities have been reported yet. The report from the NHTSA indicates that the symptoms from these exhaust leaks may include headaches and nausea. However, some drivers have reported a loss of consciousness that ultimately caused injuries in accidents. Two police accidents have been recorded as well. Small cracks located in the manifold of the exhaust could be causing the release of odors into the vehicle’s cabin. The driver or passengers inside the vehicle may not even realize these risks until it is too late.

One step away from the full recall notice for the Ford Explorer SUVs is the current status of the case where it is at an engineering analysis by the NHTSA. If you are currently driving a Ford Explorer and are concerned about possible repairs or whether or not you could be affected by this issue, consulting with your dealership is strongly recommended. If you have already been injured in an accident as a result of a defective vehicle part or another driver, you need to consult with a personal injury lawyer to discuss your eligibility to file a legal claim for compensation.