CBS NEWS -- The Center For Auto Safety wants Ford to recall ALL of its 2011 through 2017 Ford Explorer SUV’s. That's more than 1.3 million SUV’s.
CBS News has been reporting on the issue for months and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating more than 2,700 complaints about possible carbon monoxide seeping into the cabin of explorers.
That includes reports of 41 injuries and three accidents that may also be linked.
In July, police in Austin, Texas parked around 400 explorers after nearly two dozen officers were found to have carbon monoxide in their blood.
Across the country, Ford has been repairing the explorer police cruisers at no cost, but the company says the issue is separate from the complaints in civilian models and due to modifications of the vehicles after they were purchased -- like installing emergency lights.
Responding to the call for a recall Ford said the company is: "confident in our current methods for quickly identifying and addressing potential vehicle issues."
So instead Ford says it will send letters next month to owners of the 2011 through 2017 explorers, urging them to take their SUV’s to dealers for inspections, so any necessary repairs can be made
Several local law enforcement agencies have explorers in their fleet.Both High Point Police and Rockingham County Sheriff's office confirm they've have no complaints or issues. Greensboro Police and Guilford County Sheriff's haven't had any complaints either but are now having carbon monoxide detectors put into their vehicles.
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