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First Ford Explorer noxious cabin fumes consumer class action certified.

CPR’s class action lawyers are working with co- counsel Kelley Uustal, PLC and other consumer rights law firms across the country to prosecute individual state level consumer class actions against Ford Motor Company regarding its model years 2011 to 2015 Ford Explorers. CPR has brought one in New Jersey on behalf of New Jersey consumers who purchased or leased one of these Ford Explorer models. Each of these lawsuits contends that Ford’s Explorer SUV models made during these years share a dangerous and defective built-in condition that allow exhaust and other gases, including carbon monoxide, to enter the passenger compartment of the vehicle during normal use.

Many consumers encountering the situation have found they are unable to drive the vehicles without the windows being open, making their use in hot, cold or inclement weather uncomfortable. Many complain of headaches and other noxious gas exposure after riding in the vehicles. In late October the Florida class action filed by CPR’s colleague, Jordan M. Lewis, Esq. of the Ft. Lauderdale, law firm of Kelley Uustal, PLC, achieved class certification. Rejecting Ford’s arguments that class certification was not warranted, the presiding federal court in Florida certified a class of Florida consumers who purchased or leased 2011 to 2015 Ford Explorers in Florida to proceed jointly against Ford. According to the Judge’s opinion, “In this case, if a jury believes Plaintiff’s evidence, it could find that the alleged defect was manifested when the Explorer came off the assembly line, regardless of whether the every putative class member has driven the vehicle in such a way that caused exhaust to enter the passenger cabin.” For more information on the Ford Explorer Cabin Fumes litigation contact CPR’s Christopher M. Placitella or Michael Coren.

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