A group of Washington State Troopers have filed a lawsuit against auto manufacturer Ford, alleging an exhaust leak in their police interceptors caused exposure to toxic fumes.
According to reports, six offers are seeking class action status for the suit. The plaintiffs claim to have suffered headaches, nausea and flu-like symptoms after driving the vehicles. One claims to have suffered permanent damage. The Interceptors are based on the Ford Explorer, which was the subject of several exhaust related consumer complaints to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA) in 2017. An NHTSA investigation is still ongoing.
A statement from Ford said inspections of Interceptors revealed leaks related to improperly installed third party equipment. The automaker has been working with police departments that have complained about the vehicle and covered the cost of some repairs. The NHTSA said it would release the findings of its investigation when it is complete.