1. A Texas police department has yanked 60 Ford Explorer police vehicles off the streets after carbon monoxide detectors activated in all 60 SUVs.

    This is the same department that installed CO detectors across its fleet a few months ago. I’m guessing they didn’t like the results.

    City officials are considering taking about 400 of the Ford Explorer Police Interceptor SUVs completely off the roads until someone can determine what is causing the problems.

    City officials want the SUVs off the road, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is in town investigating … so where the heck is Ford in all of this?

    keep reading article "Austin Police Department Pulls 60 Explorers From Its Fleet After Carbon Monoxide Detectors Went Off"
  2. This ever-widening carbon monoxide problem is a potential disaster for Ford, one that they should plug up immediately.

    In April 2017, [an] officer was driving in Henderson, Louisiana, when she passed out and the Ford Explorer police SUV flipped over. Local media reports say the officer was taken to a hospital and tests confirmed she suffered from carbon monoxide poisoning … According to witnesses, the Explorer wasn't speeding and state authorities say there is no evidence alcohol played a part in the crash.

    Consumers are complaining of headaches, police departments are installing CO detectors across their Explorer fleets, and officers are passing out, flipping over, and landing in canals. This is as cringeworthy as it gets.

    keep reading article "More Police Departments Are Installing CO Detectors in Explorer Interceptors"
  3. A lawsuit concerning Ford Explorer exhaust leaks has been dropped in Illinois.

    A Ford Explorer exhaust leak lawsuit is over as a federal judge granted the wishes of Ford to dismiss the proposed class-action lawsuit.

    The lawsuit never made it to the class-action stage as the plaintiff couldn't prove his case. The judge ruled the plaintiff didn't provide enough details to prove the Ford Explorer has defects that allow exhaust fumes and carbon monoxide to enter the cabin.

    This is a setback, but not a death blow for Explorer owners wanting nationwide action for carbon monoxide poisoning. The plaintiff in this case was given a chance to amend his complaint, but failed to do so.

    keep reading article "Explorer Exhaust Leak Lawsuit Dismissed by Judge in Illinois"
  4. After a series of PowerShift class-actions and years of complaints, a lawsuit settlement is on the horizon.

    The settlement, once approved by a federal judge, will include about 1.5 million model year 2011-2016 Ford Fiesta and 2012-2016 Ford Focus cars with automatic transmissions that caused Ford to issue two customer satisfaction programs.

    The full settlement details are complex, but will provide owners with options such as cash payments, reimbursements, or credits towards the purchase of a new car with a arbitration-monitored buyback from Ford.…

    keep reading article "PowerShift Lawsuit Settlement Waiting on a Judge's Approval"
  5. Exhaust odor complaints in the Ford Explorer continue to seep in.

    The Austin Police Department has announced they plan to install carbon monoxide (CO) detectors in the 360 Explorers in their fleet. Police officials say recent reports suggest officers may be getting ill from carbon monoxide poisoning in the SUVs, a problem serious enough that a safety bulletin was released on February 27, 2017.

    The bulletin says two incidents have been reported within the Austin PD after an officer got lightheaded while driving the Explorer, and another report of a suspicious odor experienced by a sergeant driving an SUV.

    Nearly three years ago, a Florida resident sued Ford after feeling sick from exhaust fumes entering the cabin of her Explorer.

    The police department plans to use stickers that change color if CO is detected, costing about $50 per vehicle. Carbon monoxide detectors are often required by law in the home, are cars next?

    keep reading article "One Police Department is Going to Install Carbon Monoxide Detectors Inside Its Explorer Interceptor Vehicles"
  6. Ford's "best of both worlds" PowerShift transmission is facing more leagl heat, this time by 28 named plaintiffs in Texas.

    The dual-clutch lawsuit alleges the vehicles suffer from a long list of problems including shuddering, slipping, bucking, jerking, hesitation while changing gears, premature internal wear, delays in downshifting and sudden or delayed acceleration.

    Where have we heard that before? Oh that's right, California and Illinois have similar class-action lawsuits on the docket.

    This case, however, is the first to add the EcoSport to the list of affected models.

    keep reading article "Another PowerShift Transmission Lawsuit, This Time in Texas"
  7. Power steering is one of those things you don't think about until it's gone.

    And owners of Ford cars with electronic power assisted steering (EPAS) are thinking about it all the damn time, if you catch my drift. But it's been a tough year for an EPAS lawsuit that claimed the system is defective. After a promising start, it was denied class-action certification and then dismissed by a judge entirely. Womp, womp.

    The lawsuit didn't even cover all the models or years affected by this problem. And now that it's going away, the complaints seem to be picking up as more cars exit their warranty period (because life is fun like that).

    And oh, by the way, an out-of-warranty repair costs about $2,000.

    keep reading article "EPAS Lawsuit Shot Down"
  8. Defective electronic throttle bodies (ETB) are causing Ford vehicles to suddenly decelerate and enter "limp home" mode, which is like trying to drive a snail through a molasses puddle.

    A lawsuit that is seeking class-action certification wants Ford to fix their ETBs.

    "The plaintiff wants Ford to pay damages and equitable relief, fix all vehicles named in the lawsuit by replacing the electronic throttle bodies, inform consumers through advertising campaigns about the dangers of sudden unintended deceleration and educate consumers about their pre-purchase or pre-lease legal rights once all the facts are known."…

    keep reading article "Another Ford Throttle Body Lawsuit"
  9. Here's two things you never want to hear about your sunroof.

    1. The glass is too weak because of tempering issues 2. The glass is too thin because of weight issues. That combination is what's causing Ford's panoramic sunroofs to spontaneously explode according to a class-action lawsuit.

    The lawsuit refers to over 80 complaints sent to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) across 16 different models with sudden holes in their roofs. According to most, Ford is refusing to fix shattered sunroofs under warranty.

    Speaking of shattered, let's talk about hopes for a minute. We recently learned the lawsuit was dropped without a settlement. But don't cue up the sad trombone just yet. Help us keep the pressure on Ford by adding a complaint if you've had any sunroof problems.

    keep reading article "Panoramic Sunroof Explosions Spark Lawsuit"

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