Nissan Altima Lawsuit
Nissan Altima owners are investigating a possible lawsuit against the car company for issues that could result in car accidents, serious injuries to vehicle occupants, and life-threatening illnesses. Accidents or injuries can occur when consumers develop carbon monoxide poisoning linked to their use of a 2013-2017 Nissan Altima. Consumers who have been harmed by carbon monoxide poisoning may be eligible to file a lawsuit against the vehicle’s manufacturer.
Nissan Altima Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Some consumers have raised concerns that under certain driving conditions they have been exposed to elevated carbon monoxide levels in their 2013-2017 Nissan Altima, possibly making them sick and exposing them to a risk of a Nissan Altima accident.
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Carbon monoxide is a toxic gas that has no color, odor or taste, making it virtually impossible for the average person to detect unless they are familiar with the symptoms. In some cases, because it is mixed with vehicle exhaust, motorists might smell a rotten egg odor and realize they are being exposed to exhaust.
When it is inhaled, carbon monoxide mixes with the person’s blood and reduces the ability of their blood to carry oxygen. This lack of oxygen can quickly result in unconsciousness and death.
Nissan Altima Symptoms
Among the Nissan Altima carbon monoxide poisoning symptoms consumers should watch out for and seek medical attention for immediately are:
- Nausea or vomiting
- Shortness of breath
- Vision problems
Failure to remove yourself from the source of the toxin and seek medical attention can cause death or permanent injuries. If you notice the above symptoms while driving, pull your car to the side of the road and get fresh air as quickly as possible to prevent a Nissan Altima crash.
Vehicles Possibly Affected by the Carbon Monoxide Issue
2013 Nissan Altima
2014 Nissan Altima
2015 Nissan Altima
2016 Nissan Altima
2017 Nissan Altima
Other Vehicles Experiencing Carbon Monoxide Issues
In July 2017, CNN reported that multiple police forces across the U.S. were pulling their Ford Police Interceptors (similar to the Ford Explorer but modified to meet police force needs) due to issues with exhaust fumes leaking into their vehicles. A lawsuit was filed by one police officer against Ford, after the officer was overcome by exhaust fumes, passed out while driving, swerved into oncoming traffic, and crashed into a tree. Additional lawsuits have been filed by other police officers, including one who suffered a stroke after being exposed to carbon monoxide.
Meanwhile, the Austin, Texas, police department pulled almost 40 Interceptors off the road and installed carbon monoxide detectors on the Interceptors that are still in use. Some of those detectors have reportedly found high levels of carbon monoxide.
Some Ford Explorers have also been found to have high levels of carbon monoxide, although experts say the levels are not high enough to cause vehicle occupants to pass out. In some cases, the issue could occur when the driver accelerates the vehicle with the air conditioning on and circulating. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has launched an investigation, and CBS News has found more than 450 complaints linked to the Ford Explorers.
Nissan Altima Attorney
If you or a loved one has suffered injuries or harm due to carbon monoxide poisoning, contact Cutter Law as soon as possible to ensure your rights are protected. A Nissan Altima lawyer is available to explain your legal rights and discuss your options, including whether or not any Nissan Altima class action lawsuits have been filed.