Amid new concerns about Ford Explorers, the Center for Auto Safety demanding a recall over fears of carbon monoxide leaks.
That fear of leaks already leaking its way into local police fleets. Versions of the Ford Explorer SUV created especially for police departments have already been taken off the road by thousands after an incident in Austin, Texas this summer.
Now, the Erie Police Department, along with Millcreek and State Police are getting their vehicles checked.
Fors is under pressure to recall over 1.3 million Ford Explorers amidst a federal investigation into reports of potentially deadly carbon monoxide leaks. The Explorers in focus right now are 2013-2017, Police Interceptor vehicles... the Erie Police Department taking in all 18 of its fleet to be checked.
The issue is the possibility of carbon monoxide leaking into the vehicle after it is outfitted with the lights and siren, creating holes in the vehicle. Chief Don Dacus of the EPD does say though, that "we have had no issues with the carbon monoxide... this was being done as a precautionary measure to make sure that there was nothing that could lead to a carbon monoxide leak ".
Meantime, the Center for Auto Safety is urging Ford to issue a full recall for all explorers made between 2011 and 2017, but Service Manager at Champion Ford, Michelle Lawson, says though there is no recall on the books at this moment, Ford wants to do what they can to ensure the safety of their customers. "Ford is being proactive and they want to reseal those holes putting insulation in to keep fumes out and new exhaust to reroute the way the exhaust comes out".
Lawson says that while this fix only applies to those Police Interceptor vehicles, Ford is responding to consumer concerns about exhaust fumes, offering to inspect and repair Explorer SUV's at no cost, saying they want to give owners a piece of mind. Other local departments are also looking to undergo some precautionary measures as well, if they have those Explorers from 2013-2017, they are welcomed to get them checked.
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