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Washington state troopers sue Ford over Explorer exhaust fumes

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https://www.autoblog.com/2019/08/13/ford-explorer-police-interceptor-lawsuit-carbon-monoxide/

 

Another one of these.

 

The lawsuit, filed in Clark County Superior Court, alleges that the cabins of the department-issued vehicles fill with exhaust odor and gases while in use, causing headaches, dizziness, nausea and potentially life-threatening situations. It notes that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has recorded three crashes and a total of 41 injuries ranging from a loss of consciousness, to nausea and headaches, to police incidents including a rollover crash with injuries and alleged physiological injuries from carbon monoxide exposure. The complaint alleges that one trooper, Randall Cashatt, “has suffered permanent neurological damage which has prevented him from continuing his job as a Washington State Patrol trooper,” according to the Detroit Free Press.

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With a pic of the 2020 which has nothing to do with this.  Love the media.

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I didn't see if this was covered, but there are two lawsuits: one against Ford for the fumes and one against the department for making their officers use the known-to-be afflicted vehicles.

This will be ugly.

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I thought this was proven to be aftermarket modifications that Ford already fixed for free.  WTF?

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It will probably settle out of court. No matter the evidence or truths, the judge/jury always side with the “poor victims” against the big mean corporation. 

Although Ford has not always been up front and cooperative with some of its decisions about safety or problems, I think they tried to do right for this problem. 

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The bottom line is that this should have never happened!  They've been in business since 1903 and they can't prevent fumes from entering a cabin?  Huh?

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Over 2 million D3 Taurus produced, if this was indeed an epidemic problem, Ford would have been forced into recalls years ago. It is unfortunate that some private owners and officers driving LEVs are suffering due to fumes in the cabin but, positive air pressure in the cabin created by the A/C on fresh and higher fan speeds would normally prevent fumes entering the cabin.

With the vehicle stopped and the A/C set as above, you should be able to walk to the back of the vehicle and feel where the cold air is escaping and thus, find the leaks. If the drain valves are not closing, that will cause exhaust gasses to be sucked back into the cab.

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