Washington state troopers filed a lawsuit seeking class-action status last week alleging Ford Police Interceptor Utilities based on the Ford Explorer design exposed officers to noxious gases, causing sickness and physiological injury.
The suit, filed Aug. 7 in Superior Court of Washington’s Clark County, blames a defective exhaust, ventilation and heating or air conditioning system in 2014-17 Explorers allowing exhaust odor and gases including carbon monoxide “to enter the passenger compartment of vehicles while in use.”
The six plaintiffs claimed they suffered headaches, nausea, foggy thinking or flu-like symptoms from driving the vehicles and one “suffered permanent neurological damage which has prevented him from continuing his job as a Washington state patrol trooper.”
In a statement, Ford said some Police Interceptor Utility vehicles were found to have “unsealed holes from the installation of police equipment by third parties after the vehicle was purchased.”
The lawsuit was…