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Ford and NHTSA Investigating Reports of Exhaust in SUVs

A recently filed lawsuit alleges carbon monoxide has been leaking into one woman’s Ford Explorer SUV. The lawsuit, along with 20 other complaints of a similar issue, have triggered an investigation by Ford and safety regulators, according to the Wall Street Journal.

About the Ford Explorer Exhaust Leak Lawsuit

Last week Angela Sanchez-Knutson filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida alleging a test of her 2013 Ford Explorer indicated more than 100 parts per million of carbon monoxide could build up in the cabin of her vehicle. The problem occurs when the auxiliary rear air-conditioning is on and the engine is working at high RPMs. The Consumer Safety Product Commission notes that levels about 70 parts per million are potentially dangerous.

Ford issued a technical service bulletin in December 2012 for ways that dealers could remedy exhaust smells in vehicles. The bulletin provided three suggestions but at no time classified the issue as one of safety.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has said it is aware of 20 reports from consumers involving 2011-2014 Ford Explorers. The agency said it is “reviewing all available data and will take appropriate action as warranted.”

The lawsuit filed by Sanchez-Knutson seeks class action status and asks courts to force Ford to recall the vehicles.

Ford released a statement in regards to the lawsuit that read: “We’re currently reviewing the case and in the event that any action is required, we will address it promptly.”

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