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Could Your Ford Explorer Be Poisoning You?

January 9, 2018
Colson Hicks Eidson

What if we told you that the number one midsized SUV in the U.S. could be making you sick? It’s a case of toxic exposure, and one of the country’s largest automakers might be trying to sweep the problem under the rug. This month Colson Hicks Eidson is exploring toxic tort issues, so are you ready for the next case we want to discuss with you?

Are Ford Explorers Poisoning Their Owners?

A police officer in Newport Beach was on the job when something happened that would change his life forever. He lost consciousness behind the wheel of his Ford Explorer patrol vehicle, and the next thing he knew, he was waking up in the hospital with multiple injuries. To this day, he still doesn’t remember crashing his patrol car, but he does remember having a headache and feeling nauseated right before passing out.

Doctors didn’t know what had happened, and none of their tests were giving them answers, but that’s when a little research turned up a possibility. Several owners of the Ford Explore SUV have reported smelling exhaust fumes in the cabin of their vehicles. These fumes can sometimes be toxic, and they could actually cause the symptoms the officer experienced before his crash.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is currently investigating over 150 complaints about this issue, but CBS News reports that somewhere around 450+ people have complained about the issue. Furthermore, Ford has known about the issue since 2012, yet the carmaker still hasn’t declared a recall and can’t seem to solve the problem.

This discovery has led the officer to file a lawsuit against Ford. He suffered a dislocated shoulder, a fractured eye socket, and a traumatic brain injury from the crash. Do you think he will be compensated for these injuries? Head over to Twitter and Facebook to chime in, and you will find more stories about what you need to know about toxic torts right here on Colson Hicks Eidson’s personal injury blog.