- December 27, 2013
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- 2014 Explorer Sport
Let me start and say by no means am I defending Ford. There clearly is an issue here and has been for 6 years on the exhaust fumes. But turning to your video, you maxed out at 11PPM (and I'm sure higher if you kept flooring it like you were) with I believe 7 WOT accelerations in a matter of 5 minutes (give or take which is not normal every day driving).
From what I have found is that low/no risk CO is under 40PPM for over 10 hours of exposure and 40-50PPM for 8 hours of constant exposure.
With 6 or 7 WOT runs (again, not normal) in such a short period of time and only hitting 11PPM.. I don't really see any issue for concern. I would be curious to see a few different tests.
1) 1 or 2 WOT (to duplicate a WOT merging onto a highway) and then normal driving on if you maintain a 1-2PPM.
2) Doing 6-7 WOT runs like you did and then driving normal to see if and when it decides to drop down without opening the windows.
I'm also curious on the whole police passing out articles. Every article mentions CO but doesn't say that's what caused it. Even the Doctor's never confirmed that it was indeed a CO issue that caused the cop to pass out and crash. Playing a little devil's advocate but I see all the time how media loves to spin stories on a daily basis (click bait).
I'm kind of on the same page as you. I thought I read somewhere that CO levels in the bloodstream will take 4-6 to drop in 1/2 with normal breathing. Since CO replaces O2 in blood cells(or something like that), wouldn't it show up when paramedics took blood oxygen levels of the officer that crashed? I would think oxygen levels would remain quite low(or CO levels to be high) for a while, even if the person was receiving oxygen.
I'd wonder what other cars show for CO levels when set on recirculation and multiple WOT runs.
I also agree that more tests should be run to see how long of normal driving it takes to drop levels back down.
I would think a few hours in a wind tunnel and some smoke would give an answer pretty quick. Get a vehicle that is suspect and test it.
Knock on wood, but I've never been able to get any exhaust smell under any conditions with my Ex. Also, I have 2 kids under 6 years( and a dog in the back many times) and if there was a CO issue, I would expect them to show signs before I would. Never had an issue.