Ford Motor Co. has begun repairing Ford Explorer SUVs in Austin that were pulled off police duty because exhaust containing carbon monoxide was seeping into them.
Ford Motor Co. has begun repairing Ford Explorer SUVs in Austin, Texas, that were pulled off police duty because exhaust containing carbon monoxide was seeping into them.
Bill Gubing, the chief engineer for the Ford Explorer, said Tuesday that Ford hasn’t found elevated levels of carbon monoxide in non-police vehicles.
In this Tuesday, July 11, 2017, file photo, Austin police Ford utility vehicles are parked on East Eighth Street outside police headquarters in Austin, Texas.
Ford is repairing police SUVs in Austin and other cities for free.
as declared in The Austin, Texas police department pulled nearly 400 Ford Explorer SUVs from its patrol fleet on July 28.
Ford is broadening its investigation into carbon monoxide leaks in police Explorer SUVs after an Auburn, Massachusetts officer lost consciousness and crashed his vehicle.
Six of its officers who had been driving the SUVs tested positive for exposure to dangerous levels of carbon monoxide.
The Michigan State Police have them in their fleet and said Thursday they have not experienced any carbon monoxide problems.
Police departments reported crashes — including a rollover with injuries — as well as physiological injuries from carbon monoxide exposure.
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Concern mounts about exhaust odors, carbon monoxide in police Ford Explorers
“Drivers of regular, non-police Ford Explorers have no reason to be concerned,” Ford said.
Ford Motor Co. and federal regulators are investigating concerns raised by police departments around the country about excessive carbon-monoxide levels and exhaust odors in their police Ford Explorers, causing officers to fall ill.
NHTSA also said any Explorer owner concerned about a safety issue can call 888-327-4236 or submit a complaint at NHTSA.gov.
In the U.S. last year, Ford sold 216,294 Explorers and 32,213 versions modified for police use, known as Police Interceptor Utility vehicles.
Ford said that if any driver of an Explorer notices an exhaust odor, customers should take it to a Ford dealer or call 888-260-5575.
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