If you own a Ford Explorer that was made between 2011 and 2017, it’s worth paying attention: Some Explorers have exhaust leaks. And that’s dangerous, folks.
Ford has issued a statement announcing a “complimentary service” to inspect Explorers sold between 2011 and 2017 for the exhaust leaks, but it wasn’t the public that led to this action on Ford’s part.
Instead, the concerns were raised by police departments who complained of exhaust gases entering the cabins, and according to regulators, more than 2,700 complaints have been filed. The real kicker is that these leaking exhaust fumes are said to have possibly caused three crashes, with 41 injuries also said to have been linked carbon monoxide exposure.
Ford insists that the Explorers are safe and that its “investigation has not found carbon monoxide levels that exceed what people are exposed to every day.” But of course, the company would say that. Otherwise, it’s an admission of guilt.
Ford doesn’t state how long you have to be in the car to receive your “daily dose” of carbon monoxide, which could be as little as a trip to the shops – we simply don’t know, as the company hasn’t released this detail. And we don’t expect it to, either.
But Ford has turned this around, explaining that any carbon monoxide exposure has come from the police themselves. The company says that the exhaust leaks in the police vehicles have been caused when the cars were being fitted out for duty.
“To be clear, other carbon monoxide concerns in Police Interceptor Utilities are related to unsealed holes from the installation of police equipment by third parties after the vehicle was purchased,” the statement reads.
Considering plenty of other models are also fitted with police gear, and no other vehicles were listed as having exhaust leaks, this seems like a strange line to trot out.
Around 1.3 million Explorers are to be in line for the service action in the United States alone, while 84,000 vehicles in Canada and 24,000 in Mexico can also get the vehicles attended to.
“To reduce the potential for the exhaust fumes to enter the vehicle, dealers will reprogram the air conditioner, replace the liftgate drain valves and inspect sealing of the rear of the vehicle at no cost to the customer,” said Ford.
We’d also suggest ringing your dealer to book it in first, rather than just turning up.