Ford Explorers may be leaking carbon monoxide into their interior, reports an ABC affiliate in Cleveland, Ohio, after numerous drivers have filed complaints with the U.S. National Highway Safety Administration.
The agency has so far registered more than 2,700 of them, ranging from headaches and nausea to loss of consciousness. Forty-one injuries, including three crashes, are among the complaints.
Addressing the issue Friday, Ford stated why the fumes are leaking, likely due to holes in the underbody which were not properly sealed. Approximately 1.3 million vehicles manufactured from 2011 to 2017 fall under the scope of the government’s investigation, including those Explorers used by police agencies.
“There’s so many threats (police officers face),” said Lieutenant Bruce Felton of the Solon Police Department in Ohio, which operates 11 Ford Explorers, “even though they may be remote sometimes. … We want to make sure they’re covered.”
None of the 11 Explorers used by that department registered unsafe carbon monoxide levels, but as a precaution, the agency installed detectors in all its vehicles. Felton stressed that the step was necessary to ensure the safety of their officers.
The danger to drivers, passengers and oncoming motorists is hard to ignore. Fortune magazine reported that the U.S. government’s auto safety agency is expanding its interest in the matter.
Ford stated that it is has mobilized a company team to work cooperatively with police “to investigate reported issues and solve them.”
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