Welcome to the Explorer Exhaust Settlement website

This website contains information regarding a class action Settlement that was approved on June 21, 2017 by the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida in the case Sanchez-Knutson v. Ford Motor Company, No. 0:14-cv-61344-WPD. The Court’s order approving the settlement was appealed to the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals by an objector. As a result, the settlement will not become effective until that appeal is fully resolved. Check this website frequently for updates.

Oct. 25, 2018: Important Update

The Court’s order approving the settlement was appealed to the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals by an objector. On September 14, 2018, the Court issued an order dismissing the appeal. The order took final effect on October 24, 2018. As a result, the Settlement Effective Date is October 25, 2018. The Settlement is now fully effective and ready to be implemented. You may now file a claim under the Settlement if you are eligible to do so. Most claims must be submitted by February 25, 2019. See below for further information about claims.

NATURE OF THE SETTLEMENT

The Named Plaintiff in this case alleged that model year 2011-2015 Ford Explorers are defectively designed and manufactured so that Exhaust Odor may enter the passenger compartment of these vehicles when they are driven at wide open throttle and with the internal ventilation on recirculate. Plaintiff asserted nationwide claims under federal and state express and implied warranty laws, and under consumer protection statutes.

Ford denied all allegations of wrongdoing asserted, including that the Class Vehicles are defective and that Ford is liable to any buyer, lessee, or operator of the Class Vehicles under any legal claim. Nonetheless, Ford agreed to settle the Litigation by providing the benefits described in the Notice. If the settlement becomes effective, Ford will provide Class Members with a way to get reimbursement for certain exhaust odor repair costs by submitting a claim form along with certain documents. The settlement will not become effective until an appeal of the Court’s approval order is resolved. A claim form will be posted on this settlement website shortly after the effective date of settlement has been reached. Check this website frequently for updates.

THE SETTLEMENT CLASS

The following Settlement Class has been certified:

All entities and natural persons in the United States (including its Territories and the District of Columbia) who currently own or lease (or who in the past owned or leased) a model year 2011-2015 Ford Explorer that was sold or leased in the United States.

Excluded from the Settlement Class are: (1) all federal court judges who have presided over this case and any members of their immediate families; (2) all entities and natural persons who elect to exclude themselves from the Settlement Class; (3) all entities and natural persons who delivered to Ford releases of all their claims; and (4) Ford's employees, officers, directors, agents, and representatives, and their family members.