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Newport Beach Auto Defect Lawyer Featured on CNN Story about Ford Explorer Carbon Monoxide Concerns
Brian Chase, senior partner with the Newport Beach auto defect law firm of Bisnar Chase speaks to CNN about the dangers posed by Ford Explorers that are leaking carbon monoxide into vehicle compartments & sickening occupants.
By: Bisnar Chase
Ford Motor Company claims it has not found an issue with carbon monoxide resulting from the design of its Explorers, which is contrary to what their 2012 Technical Service Bulletin states. Chase, senior partner at Bisnar Chase, said Ford should have warned drivers about these vehicles that pose serious dangers.
"Most of the police fleets and people I talk to are putting carbon monoxide detectors in the vehicles so they can catch it ahead of time," Chase told CNN. "It would've been nice if they had a warning about it sooner."
He is referring to the fact that several police departments have stopped driving Ford Explorers over carbon monoxide concerns. Bisnar Chase is representing several victims who were affected by these Explorer vehicles including police officers and civilians. One of Chase's clients is a Newport Beach police officer who lost his consciousness behind the wheel as he was on patrol, driving his cruiser.
A dash cam video shows the officer's vehicle drifting into another lane over a grassy median and crashing into a tree line. In the video, the SUV narrowly misses an oncoming vehicle before crashing. A similar case was documented in Austin, Texas, involving Sgt. Zachary LaHood who blacked out while driving his cruiser and narrowly missed hitting another vehicle.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has investigated more than 150 complaints from Ford Explorer owners about the odor of exhaust fumes in their SUVs. Ford has also settled a class action lawsuit relating to these complaints. After the incident involving LaHood, the Austin Police Department pulled 37 of their police interceptors out of service. So far, there has been no recall involving these vehicles.
Chase says the automaker is endangering consumers and police officers alike by failing to take the appropriate action in the interest of public safety.
"These vehicles pose a serious issue not just to those who are in the vehicle, but also others on the roadway," he said. "A number of these frightening incidents could have been prevented if Ford had stepped up and done the right thing. Getting this vital information out to consumers and issuing a recall could save lives."
To watch Brian Chase on CNN, visit http://www.newschannel10.com/
About Bisnar Chase
Bisnar Chase represents seriously injured victims of product defects and other acts of negligence. The firm has been featured on a number of popular media outlets including Newsweek, Fox, NBC, and ABC and is known for its passionate pursuit of results for their clients. Since 1978, Bisnar Chase has recovered hundreds of millions of dollars for victims and their families. For more information, please call 800-561-4887 or visit http://www.BestAttorney.com for a free consultation. We are located at 1301 Dove Street #120, Newport Beach, CA 92660.