Local law enforcement addresses concerns over Ford Explorers and carbon monoxide poisoning

Ford Explorers probed after carbon monoxide poisoning shows up in some drivers blood tests

Ford will continue investigating all reports from its police customers, including the exhaust manifold issue referenced by National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The NHTSA said it is working with at least one police department to monitor carbon monoxide levels in police-spec Explorers, but a recall for the vehicles has not been issued.

"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.

There have been other police departments across the US reporting similar issues. The agency made the move after finding more than 2,700 complaints of exhaust odors in the passenger compartment and fears of carbon monoxide in an investigation that it started a year ago.

The Tucson Police Department will install detectors in its Explorers.

If a customer believes their vehicle may be experiencing an issue, they should bring it to a Ford dealer, who is equipped to assess the vehicle and address the problem.

Police departments have reported smelling carbon monoxide inside the top-selling police vehicle, which is manufactured at the Chicago Assembly Plant in Hegewish. "ODI has obtained preliminary testing that suggests, however, that CO levels may be elevated in certain driving scenarios, although the significance and effect of those levels remains under evaluation as part of the EA". "We have not found elevated levels of carbon monoxide in regular Ford Explorers".

"If the holes are not properly sealed, it creates an opening where exhaust could enter the cabin", Ford said in a statement.

"Safety is our top priority". 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. Numerous complaints came from police departments, which use the Police Interceptor version of the Explorer in patrol fleets.

If you do notice any unusual odors you can take your vehicle to a Ford dealer to have it checked out.

Addressing specific concerns from Ford police customers, Hau Thai-Tang, executive vice president, Product Development and Purchasing said, "There is nothing we take more seriously than providing you with the safest and most reliable vehicles".

Ford said the concerns are isolated just to Ford Police Interceptor Utility vehicles, and that drivers of regular, non-police Ford Explorers have no reason to be concerned.

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