Ford Urged To Recall 1.3 Million Vehicles Over Carbon Monoxide | NBC Nightly News


COMPLAINTS. NBC NEWS NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT MIGUEL ALMAGUER HAS DETAILS.>>Reporter: IT’S ONE OF FORD’S MOST POPULAR SUVs, THE EXPLORER. TONIGHT THE CENTER FOR AUTO SAFETY, A CONSUMER ADVOCACY GROUP, IS CALLING FOR A RECALL OF 1.3 MILLION VEHICLES BUILT BETWEEN 2011 AND 2017. IT FOLLOWS AT LEAST 2,700 COMPLAINTS OF EXHAUST ODORS LEAKING INTO EXPLORERS. SUSAN SEZETSKY SAYS SHE PASSED OUT BEHIND THE WHEEL.>>I COULD HAVE EITHER HIT THE TREE, OR I COULD HAVE HIT THE ONCOMING TRAFFIC. IT WAS BY THE GRACE OF GOD THAT MY SON AND I DID NOT DIE.>>Reporter: FORD MAINTAINS THEIR SUVs ARE SAFE AND THERE IS NO NEED FOR A RECALL. OUR INVESTIGATION, THEY CONTEND, HAS NOT FOUND CARBON MONOXIDE LEVELS THAT EXCEED WHAT PEOPLE ARE EXPOSED TO EVERY DAY. IT COMES AFTER SEVERAL HIGH-PROFILE INCIDENTS NATIONWIDE INVOLVING POLICE OFFICERS AND THEIR EXPLORERS. AFTER SOME OFFICERS TESTED POSITIVE FOR UNSAFE LEVELS OF CARBON MONOXIDE, MANY DEPARTMENTS PUT THE BRAKES ON THE SUVs. FORD SAYS THIRD-PARTY MODIFICATIONS ARE AT FAULT.>>WE DON’T WANT TO WAIT FOR A BODY COUNT BEFORE WE START TAKING ACTION.>>Reporter: TONIGHT FORD IS OFFERING FREE INSPECTIONS AND REPAIRS TO POTENTIAL EXHAUST PROBLEMS. ADVOCACY GROUPS WAR AT THE’S

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