Ford close to major Explorer recall amid possible carbon monoxide leaks

Published: Oct. 17, 2017 at 7:43 AM CDT
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CBS News reports Ford may be close to a major recall due to possible carbon monoxide leaks in Explorers.

The recall could affect police departments across the country.

Police departments say fumes are seeping into the SUVs and sickening officers, and federal safety regulators have logged thousands of complaints on the best-selling police interceptor.

CBS News correspondent Kris Van Cleave says crew In Montgomery County, Maryland inspected all 108 of the county's Explorers.

Crews found Explorer after Explorer with cracked exhaust manifolds, the part that carries exhaust from the engine to the tailpipe.

"We believe this is a manufacturer's defect," Dise said.

The exhaust manifold collects gases from an engine's cylinders. A crack could release carbon monoxide into the engine bay and through the vents of a vehicle's cabin.

"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," Dise said.

While Ford engineers are not convinced the cracked manifolds are causing the exhaust complaints, the cracks are common enough to prompt Ford to actively consider a potentially costly recall.

CBS says there are an estimated 135,000 Explorer police cruisers on the road today.

Police departments in more than a dozen states have raised concerns about possible carbon monoxide leaks.

CBS News reports Ford issued this statement:

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." Late Friday, Ford issued another statement, saying, "Our decisions are driven by the data available. When the data indicates a safety recall is needed, we move quickly on behalf of our customers.

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