Ford is just steps away from a major recall, as there have been warnings of possible carbon monoxide leaks in one of their most popular cars. According to CBS News, there are currently 1.3 million Ford Explorers under federal investigation.
Questions about the harmful fumes began surfacing in 2015 when a police officer operating a Ford Explorer passed out and ran into a tree. He claimed that it was due to carbon monoxide seeping into the vehicle.
On Thursday, another officer in Massachusetts had a similar experience when he passed out and rear ended another car. The officer, along with five others in Auburn, have been treated for carbon monoxide poisoning. In Texas, 18 officers had carbon monoxide in their blood. Moreover, federal safety regulators have documented thousands of complaints on Ford’s “best-selling police interceptor.”
All of the police-operated Ford Explorers in Montgomery County, Maryland are being inspected. As mechanics have been thoroughly inspecting 108 vehicles, they have been finding several cracks in the exhaust manifolds, which carries the exhaust from the engine to the tailpipe.
Montgomery County’s director of the department of general services, David Dise, said that the problem could be affecting up to 80% of the fleet.
He said, “We believe this is a manufacturer’s defect. If you’re running your air conditioning or your vent system, that’s the air that’s coming through the engine compartment. So you’re sucking carbon monoxide into the cabin if you have that kind of a leak.”
With the rising numbers of complaints and sickness among police officers in over a dozen states, Ford is actively considering a major recall. There are approximately 135,000 Explorer police cruisers on the road, and now 1.3 million vehicles are under federal investigation. The investigation covers model years 2011-2017.
Federal regulators reported, “Preliminary testing that suggests…CO levels may be elevated in certain driving scenarios.”
Hau Thai-Tang, Ford’s product development and purchasing executive vice president, said, “There’s nothing that we take more seriously than providing you with the safest, most reliable vehicles to support your life-saving work.”
Ford issued a statement after news of the leaks began to surface.
It read, “All of our testing to date has not shown cracked manifolds contributing to the carbon monoxide levels in Police Interceptor Utilities. We continue to investigate.”
To find out more information, watch the CBS News Investigation video below:
If the results of the investigation are negative, Ford might have to extend their recall far beyond police vehicles. What do you think about this? Do you drive a Ford Explorer or know someone who does? Share this on your Facebook to warn friends and family about the potential of harmful chemicals in the vehicles. In other news, government agencies across the U.S. are issuing massive warnings about the upcoming solar eclipse.