Ford to fix carbon monoxide issues in police SUVs

01 August, 2017, 22:46 | Author: Alicia Barber
  • Departments take precautions with police cruisers

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced Thursday that they are expanding their investigation into reports of carbon monoxide leaks in Ford sports utility vehicles.

Last week, the police department in Austin, Texas, pulled almost 400 Ford Explorers from its patrol fleet over concerns about exhaust fumes inside the vehicles.

"Over the past five months we have had 62 workers comps reports filed by officers for exposure to carbon monoxide", Austin Police Chief Brian Manley said.

August 01-Aware of the concerns of possible exhaust fume leaks in police Ford Explorer Interceptor SUVs, the Pueblo Police Department has tested some of their own Explorers but have not found any issues with them. "However, the company has discovered holes and unsealed spaces in the back of some Police Interceptor Utilities that had police equipment installed after leaving Ford's factory", Ford said.

USA auto safety regulators are investigating fume complaints in more than a million Explorers manufactured from 2011 to 2017.

KEEL News has reached out to the Police Chief and the Mayor to find out if we have had any problems with the Ford Interceptor SUV's, but have not heard back from them yet.

Hartinger said they'll be watching the issues. The alarms were installed after officers reported becoming sick while in the vehicles.

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Ford has responded to the numerous carbon-monoxide claims by promising to make repairs as it investigates the complaints.

NHTSA also said it will examine Explorer Police Interceptors used by the Austin, Texas, Police Department.

Scott said Ford's regional sales manager said the manufacturer will inspect the town's vehicles if they are concerned about any problem. According to the NTHSA, the leaks may be linked to three crashes and 41 injuries, including an Austin police officer who allegedly passed out and hit a tree. Any Ford Explorer made between 2011 and 2017 could have this issue. "If the holes are not properly sealed, it creates an opening where exhaust could enter the cabin".

"Ford's investigation into this issue is ongoing".

The NHTSA also said that the Police Interceptor version of the Explorer is experiencing exhaust manifold cracks that are hard to detect and may explain exhaust odours.

The measures include checking and sealing off the rear of the vehicle, adding a new air-conditioning calibration that brings more fresh air into the cabin during heavy acceleration and checking for engine codes that indicate a damaged exhaust manifold.

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