The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is expanding its investigation into reports of carbon monoxide leaks in some Ford SUVs. The agency announced that it is now looking into 791 complaints of Ford Explorers model years 2011-2017. That’s up from the initial 154 complaints regulators began investigating a year ago in model years 2011-2015. A report from NHTSA says an additional 2,051 complaints were lodged with the manufacturer. There have been 41 reported injuries, according to NHTSA.
The potential carbon monoxide exposure in the SUVs has drawn pointed scrutiny in Austin, Texas, where the police department has already pulled more than 60 of its vehicles from the streets. A modified version of the Ford Explorer, called a Police Interceptor Vehicle, is popular with law enforcement agencies across the country. In addition to the more than 60 SUVs Austin PD parked over the concerns, the department has installed carbon monoxide detectors in the rest.
Customers with concerns about Explorers and Police Interceptor Utilities can call Ford’s dedicated hotline at 888-260-5575 or visit their local Ford dealership.
Source: NBC News
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