Tuesday, 04 June 2019 21:20

Ford Explorer Police Interceptor Carbon Monoxide Lawsuit Filed

Written by David A. Wood, CarComplaints.com


The bulletin was followed by TSB 14-0130, titled “Exhaust Odor in Vehicle,” which added 2014-2015 Explorers to the list. According to the lawsuit, this is important because this TSB included the 2014 Ford Explorer modified for use by police departments.


However, the plaintiffs claim none of the repairs in the bulletins fixed the exhaust problems and neither TSB mentioned carbon monoxide dangers.


The California Highway Patrol (CHP) investigated the crash and more than a year later concluded Garner crashed the Explorer due to a health-related condition not related to carbon monoxide. An autopsy shows the driver had an enlarged heart and investigators couldn't rule out a heart-related event caused the crash.


According to the Modesto Bee, the pathologist who performed the autopsies ruled out carbon monoxide as the cause or even a contributing factor of the deadly crash. In addition, the pathologist determined both Explorer occupants had elevated levels of carbon monoxide in their blood due to smoke from the vehicle fire.


The Bee says Johnson's autopsy report shows soot was found in her airway while Garner had no soot in his airway, a possible reason why Johnson's carbon monoxide levels were higher.


Ford denies carbon monoxide had anything to do with the crash and referenced official reports from the coroner and the CHP Multi-Disciplinary Accident Investigation Team which said carbon monoxide wasn't a contributing factor of the crash.


The automaker has faced prior lawsuits after Ford Explorer police vehicle incidents allegedly caused by carbon monoxide poisoning, including lawsuits filed by three officers in three states. In addition, Ford created a program to repair Police Interceptors after numerous agencies across the country complained about their fears.


The Ford Explorer Police Interceptor carbon monoxide lawsuit was filed in the Superior Court of the State of California, County of Stanislaus - Garner, et al., v. Ford Motor Company, et al.


The families are represented by the Matiasic Firm, P.C.


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