Ford offers repairs to prevent exhaust leaks in 1.4 mln Explorers

Ford offers repairs to prevent exhaust leaks in 1.4 mln Explorers

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. "We have not found carbon-monoxide levels that exceed what people are exposed to every day". After Ford sent investigators to law enforcement agencies around the country, it said the problems are "related to unsealed holes from the installation of police equipment by third parties after the vehicle was purchased". "These vehicles are safe", the company said.

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

The 2011-17 Explorer is under investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for exhaust fumes in the cabin amid more than 2,700 complaints - some of which allege carbon-monoxide exposure.

According to Weigandt, who noted that NHTSA did not request the action, Ford's investigation did not find carbon monoxide levels in excess of what people experienced in their everyday lives. However, the agency says it's preliminary tests suggest CO levels may be elevated under "certain driving scenarios".

Ford had already issued multiple bulletins to its dealers to address exhaust odor, NHTSA said.

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.

In 2016, Ford agreed to settle a USA class-action lawsuit involving 1 million 2011-2015 Explorer SUVs over exhaust odor complaints, including reimbursements of up to $500 for repairs and the company agreed to make repairs.

According to Ford, from 1 November, dealers will reprogram the air conditioner, replace the liftgate drain valves and inspect sealing of the rear of the vehicle. That settlement was approved in June but has not taken effect because of a penidng appeal.