Ford Urged to Recall Explorers After Carbon Monoxide Threat

By: Ryan Gallagher October 19, 2017
Ford is offering to inspect its 2011-2017 Explorers for carbon monoxide leaks after customer complaints and pressure from an industry group.
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Ford Motors officials are dealing with the car manufacturer’s second carbon monoxide emission issue this year, as the company receives outside pressure to issue a recall. 

Officials at the Washington, D.C.-based Center for Auto Safety—a nonprofit advocacy group—are urging Ford’s leaders to recall more than 1.3 million 2011-2017 Explorer SUVs. The issue in question involves 2,700 customer complaints regarding carbon monoxide leaks into the vehicles. 

“With something this potentially dangerous, the responsible step is a full recall and if Ford will not do it, NHTSA [the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration] should step in,” Center for Auto Safety officials said in a statement.

While Ford has yet to issue a recall, the company is offering customers free inspections and repairs in response to consumer criticism of exhaust odors and carbon monoxide emissions.

“Our investigation has not found carbon monoxide levels that exceed what people are exposed to every day,” Ford spokesman Mike Levine said. Furthermore, the offer is more “for our customers’ peace of mind,” according to a Ford statement.

Ford officials are “confident” that the emissions leak is a non-issue; however, this is not the automaker’s first bout with carbon monoxide problems.

In July and August, Ford officials received word that 3 police officers in Auburn, Massachusetts were hospitalized after suffering from high carbon monoxide levels in their Ford Police Interceptor SUVs. Law enforcement in Austin, Texas experienced similar problems, pulling nearly 400 vehicles off the road after 60 officers reported health concerns.

Starting November 1, owners of the affected Ford Explorers may bring their vehicles to any Ford dealer for inspection through December 31, 2018. Notices will be mailed beginning the week of November 13.

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