Ford’s investigators are examining possible carbon monoxide leaks inside police Ford Explorer SUVs’. The fumes in the cabins might have been the reason for crashes and injuries.
Last week, at least three officers in Auburn, Massachusetts, were hospitalized due to carbon monoxide poisoning. The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is examining 1.33 million SUVs after reports of exhaust odors in the compartments. Over 2,700 complaints and 41 injuries, including in civilian cars, may have been linked to this problem between 2011 and 2017.
The Explorer makes up more than half of all U.S. police vehicle sales and the company will pay for the cost of the repair of the police vehicles.
Ford’s Explorer line chief engineer Bill Gubing has announced the first investigation findings: The vehicles have been modified after leaving Ford’s factories and have holes near tail lights or rear lift gates which could have allowed the carbon monoxide inside the cabin.
The drivers of regular Explorers should not be concerned, Ford underlines.