A Newport Beach police officer had just received a nonemergency call and was heading to the scene when something went wrong. He started to get a headache before blacking out completely. When the officer woke up, he was in the hospital with a dislocated shoulder, a fractured eye socket and a traumatic brain injury. The Ford vehicle he had been driving crashed into a tree, and he had narrowly escaped death, but that wasn’t the chilling part of his story. As he tried to figure out what had happened, this officer realized what happened to him might be happening to others all over the country!
The Ford Safety Recall Issue Nobody Is Talking About
At first, doctors couldn’t figure out what had happened to this policeman. He hadn’t been drinking, there were no drugs in his system, and he had no health conditions. Investigators were baffled until they started looking at the vehicle the officer was driving.
The Ford Explorer is the most popular midsized SUV in the country, and it was the patrol vehicle this officer was driving when he crashed. As investigators looked into the vehicle they discovered that hundreds were complaining of exhaust fumes leaking into the SUV’s cabin. Car exhaust can be toxic, and it could have caused the symptoms suffered by the officer right before his crash. This revelation has led to the officer filing a lawsuit against Ford, and you won’t believe what he’s discovered as his case has moved forward.
How Long Has This Issue Been a Problem?
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is currently conducting an investigation into 2011-2015 year model Ford Explorers for exhaust leak issues. NHTSA cites 154 complaints about the issue, but journalists continued to dig, and they found over 450 complaints. They also found out that Ford has known about this issue since 2012, and despite claims that this issue has caused no injuries the company is facing multiple lawsuits from injured Explorer owners.
So, what’s the deal? Is a critical safety recall issue being swept under the rug? Newport Beach police aren’t taking any chances. They’ve installed carbon monoxide detectors in their Explorer patrol vehicles. Until this issue has been hammered out, you should also be cautious when driving your Ford Explorer. And if you or a loved one get sick or suffer an injury while operating one of these vehicles, you should call the authorities and an attorney right away.
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