Ford Offers Fix to Prevent Possible Explorer Carbon Monoxide Leaks

Rodiano Bonacci
Ottobre 17, 2017

Ford is offering free inspection and repairs for more than 1.3 million of its Explorer SUV models due to concerns over exhaust fumes leaking into the cabin.

Federal regulators have stated they have recognized over 2,700 complaints with three crashes (two MOS) and 41 injuries/illnesses. Ford reports these vehicles are safe and that its investigation "has not found carbon monoxide levels that exceed what people are exposed to every day". There is no USA government standard for in-vehicle carbon monoxide levels.

The voluntary safety measure also covers 84,000 Explorer SUVs in Canada and 24,000 in Mexico.

The second largest US automaker said starting November 1, dealers will reprogram the air conditioner, replace the liftgate drain valves and inspect sealing of the rear of the vehicle.

Ford declined to comment on the potential financial impact of the service offer that will last through the end of 2018.

According to Elizabeth Weigandt, Ford's safety communications manager, the company is taking the action voluntarily, although it has notified the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Although the complaints include dozens of alleged injuries stemming from the fumes, NHTSA's testing of multiple Explorers - including vehicles filed in consumer complaints - has thus far found "no substantive data or actual evidence" to support a claim that ties the alleged injuries to carbon-monoxide poisoning.

NHTSA said it is evaluating preliminary testing that suggests carbon monoxide levels may be elevated in certain driving scenarios.

In July, Ford said it would pay to fix police versions of its Ford Explorer SUVs to correct possible carbon monoxide leaks that may be linked to crashes and injuries after some police reports temporarily halted use of the vehicles over carbon monoxide concerns.

Customers have until December 31, 2018, to take advantage of the free inspection and fix.

Police in Austin, Texas, pulled their fleet of Explorers off the road in July over exhaust concerns. That settlement was approved in June but has not taken effect because of a penidng appeal.

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