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Ford Explorer Lawsuit Settlement Over Exhaust, CO Leaks Approved

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It’s been four years since a Ford Explorer lawsuit was filed over exhaust and carbon monoxide fumes that allegedly entered the cabin of the vehicle, causing occupants to get sick and a few to suffer accidents as a result. Both Ford and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) investigated the matter, with the automaker issuing a number of technical service bulletins and other actions addressing it.

Two of these lawsuits – one in New York and one in Washington State – have been dismissed in the last couple of years, but a class-action Ford Explorer lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, Southern Division – Persad, et al., v. Ford Motor Company is still ongoing.

However, that particular legal case appears to be coming to a close, as a settlement has been preliminarily approved by the court, according to Car Complaints. While Ford still denies any wrongdoing or liability in the case, it acknowledges in the settlement that it wants to settle to avoid a lengthy and expensive trial.

The lawsuit was filed by three 2016-2017 Ford Explorer owners who claim that defects in the vehicle allowed fumes to enter the cabin. To date, Ford has issued two field service actions – 17N03 and 19N05 – which do not have mileage or warranty limitations, as well as TSB 17-0044, which instructs dealers to seal any gaps found in the cabin and install a new, modified exhaust system.

According to the report, Ford’s settlement will include “all entities and natural persons in the United States (including its territories and the District of Columbia) who currently own or lease (or who in the past owned or leased) a model year 2016 and 2017 Ford Explorer sold or leased in the United States, excluding 2016 and 2017 Police Interceptor Utility Ford Explorers.” A final fairness hearing is currently scheduled for November 15th, 2021.

We’ll have more on this lawsuit soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for more Ford Explorer news, the latest Ford lawsuit news, and ongoing Ford news coverage.

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Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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Comments

  1. Scoutdude

    You’re not welcome. It is bad enough that you don’t say thanks but to delete my post is lame to put it nicely.

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  2. Gary.

    I remember my father,Grandfather, uncle and others where I grew up that had pickups with the gas tank behind the seat and everytime you would stop for gas how it smell in the truck. Could you imagine the law suits today!

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  3. JOHN MAJDALANI

    The only way to get the attention of this poorly managed company when you have a defective product is to file a class action lawsuit.

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  4. Linda Siegel

    Why has the known issues with the 2006 FORD EXPLORER TRANSMISSION NEVER BEEN TAKEN TO COURT ( THAT I CAN FIND)
    THEY MADE IT EXTREAMLY HARD YO EVEN TRY TO MAINTAIN THE FAULTY TRANSMISSION BY NOT MAKING A PLACE UNDER THE HOOD TO ADD TRANSMISSION FLUID. INSTEAD THEY TRIED TO FORCE OWNERS TO HAVE TO HAVE THEM SERVICED AT A DEALER OR GARAGE BY MAKING THE ONLY WAY TO EVEN ADD FLUID UNDER THE VEHICLE.
    JUST HOW MANY WOMEN CAN ADD THE MUCH NEEDED FLUID TO THEIR PROVEN FAULTY TRANSMISSION IN THIS WAY?
    THERE IS NOTHING CORRECT IN THIS DESIGN OR THEIR TRANSMISSION AND THEY SHOULD BE HELD RESPONSIABLE FOR THEIR “PROFIT MAKING BAD DECISIONS ” THAT CREATE MORE PROBLEMS FOR THE PEOPLE THAT SHOULD BE ABLE TO TRUST THIS VEHICLE TO PREFORM AT AN EQUAL LEVEL TO THEIR ADVERTISEMENTS & OTHER MANUFACTURES VEHICLES COMPARED TO THAT VEHICLE FOR THAT YEAR!

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  5. Linda Siegel

    I’m more than angry over the bad decision to not put a transmission fluid access UNDER THE HOOD when Ford is apparently well aware their transmissions are known to be faulty!
    Anyone that tried to be careful , by checking the fluids before they go on a long trip , pulling a camper trailer this vehicle is supposed to be capable of doing now finds this is not possiable and the risk of a breakdown created nothing but stress, especially if you are out in the wilderness when it decides to stop shifting gears!
    What would happen if I was caught in a forest fire or had any kind of emergency when this happens?
    This constant stress and limited use of this vehicle is more than justifiable grounds for a class action law suit that I have been waiting for since the day I discovered this was the situation they have put me in that would never be anticapated by an average woman when believing FORD would actually make a vehicle that fulfilled their own claims to be a vehicle safe and dependable to use for owners of small campers designed to be used in isolated areas!
    They SHOULD BE HELD RESPONSIABLE TO EITHER REPLACE THE TRANSMISSION OR PAY THE COMPENSATION AMOUNT OWNERS HAVE HAD TO PAY OUT !
    AT THIS POINT I BELIEVE THE ADDITIONAL STRESS FROM THEIR POOR DESIGN SHOULD WARRANT ADDITIONAL COMPENSATION TOO!
    I HAVE HAD TO WAIT WAY TO LONG FOR FORD TO DO WHAT IS CORRECT!

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