The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating the potential for carbon monoxide leaks on 1.3 million late-model Ford Explorers.
The Washington-based Center for Auto Safety is urging Ford to conduct a recall of its 2011 through 2017 Ford Explorer SUVs. According to the automotive safety group, 1,400 complaints have been filed with regulators regarding fumes entering cabins, resulting in more than 80 injuries.
Carbon monoxide gases can cause dizziness, headaches, and ultimately, loss of consciousness. Affected drivers have reported these, as well as other symptoms.
In turn, Ford has advised consumers to bring the vehicle to a local Ford dealership for a free inspection. However, they continue to appear to downplay the issue.
"Explorers are safe," said Elizabeth Weingandt, safety communications manager, in a statement. "Ford's investigation and extensive testing has not found carbon monoxide levels that exceed what people are exposed to every day."
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