Ford Explorer carbon monoxide concerns have caused a class-action lawsuit that alleges exhaust fumes and poisonous gas enter the cabins of the SUVs while driving.
Plaintiffs Suresh Persad, Daniel G. Wright and Robert S. Drummond filed a class-action lawsuit that includes all consumers in the U.S. who purchased or leased 2016--2017 Ford Explorers.
The SUVs allegedly have defective exhaust and HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) systems that allow carbon monoxide to sicken occupants.
Based on court documents, Ford allegedly concealed its knowledge of the carbon monoxide dangers while the automaker was swamped with complaints about exhaust fumes entering Explorer cabins.
Plaintiff Suresh Persad purchased a new 2016 Ford Explorer in Georgia, a vehicle he still owns. Persad said he detected exhaust fumes in the cabin and took the Explorer to a Ford dealer. Technicians allegedly drove the SUV but could find no evidence of exhaust fumes and said there was no need for repairs.
Pennsylvania plaintiff Daniel G. Wright said he purchased a used 2016 Ford Explorer, only to suffer from headaches the past year due to exhaust fumes. The lawsuit doesn't say if Wright took his SUV to a dealer for repairs.
Plaintiff Robert S. Drummond purchased a new 2017 Ford Explorer in Pennsylvania, a vehicle he still owns. But Drummond claims he has detected exhaust fumes inside the SUV while driving. The lawsuit doesn't say if Drummond took his SUV to a dealer for repairs.
The plaintiffs claim multiple areas of the SUVs can allow exhaust and carbon monoxide fumes to enter the cabins:
• Bumpers and/or tailpipes
• Rear air extractors and auxiliary air conditioning systems
• Drain valves in the liftgates
• Sheet metal panels and overlaps
• Joints and seems
The lawsuit references technical service bulletins (TSBs) issued to dealers from Ford, something the plaintiffs claim proves the automaker knew about the carbon monoxide concerns.
In December 2012, Ford issued TSB 12-12-4 informing dealers of complaints of exhaust fumes in 2011--2013 Ford Explorers.
In July 2014, Ford issued TSB 14-0130 to include model year 2014 and 2015 Ford Explorers. The updated bulletin told dealers that “[s]ome 2011--2015 Explorer vehicles may exhibit an exhaust odor in the vehicle with the auxiliary climate control system on. Customers may indicate the odor smells like sulfur.”