Ford to meet with Auburn police about CO leaks in vehicles

Paterniano Del Favero
Agosto 3, 2017

The Auburn Fire Department also has two of the Ford SUVs out of service at the moment because they tested positive for carbon monoxide.

Auburn police said that the testing on the SUV in Wednesday's crash was not performed immediately.

Twelve cars in all from the town fleet have been taken off the road, and perhaps unexpectedly, not all of them were the customized police interceptor models.

A spokesperson for Ford told CBS News it would be "premature to draw conclusions from what happened [Wednesday] in Auburn", noting the low level of CO detected.

There isn't any official recall on Ford Explorers, but that isn't stopping Minot Police from taking precautionary measures after hearing some police officers across the country have experienced symptoms of carbon monoxide exposure in the vehicles.

Now, four police officers have tested positive for high levels of carbon monoxide, including three who needed to be hospitalized.

The Auburn incident prompted local authorities to test the blood of every officer who recently drove one of those vehicles.

Several law enforcement agencies in South Florida use Ford Police Interceptors, a modified version of a Ford Explorer.

The department also posted photos to Facebook of the first officer's damaged cruiser and the damage a civilian's Ford Fusion sustained after being struck by the police vehicle.

The statement also said Ford would pick up the costs for repairs related to this issue in police vehicles, "regardless of age, mileage, or aftermarket modifications made after purchase".

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is also investigating and has been looking to determine how widespread issues with the Ford Explorer SUVs may be. "If the holes are not properly sealed, it creates an opening where exhaust could enter the cabin", Ford said.

Problems with carbon monoxide had plagued Ford police vehicles in Austin for more than five months, prompting dozens of workers' comp reports. Testing has identified carbon monoxide in nine department vehicles, which have been pulled out of service. It is found in fumes produced by burning fuel in things like cars, trucks, stoves, lanterns, fireplaces, and furnaces.

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