Portland Police keeping Ford Explorers despite concerns

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

Ford said it has not found any elevated levels of carbon monoxide in regular Ford Explorers, but NHTSA is investigating reports of exhaust odors in those vehicles.

More than 60 police officers in Austin have reported health problems since February and more than 20 were found to have measurable carbon monoxide in their systems, city officials said last week, according to the national reports.

The city of Austin, Texas, is pulling all 446 Ford Explorers from its police fleet after detecting potentially unsafe levels of carbon monoxide in the vehicles.

Ford told WLWT it will cover the costs of specific repairs in every Police Interceptor Utility that may have this concern, regardless of age, mileage or aftermarket modifications made after purchase.

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

The Tucson Police Department will install detectors in its Explorers.

The Austin Police Department has experienced carbon monoxide issues over the past five months, he said. The alarms were installed after officers reported becoming sick while in the vehicles. Ford did not say how much it expected to pay to fix police vehicles and said its investigation is ongoing.




Area law enforcement agencies have installed carbon monoxide detectors in some of their vehicles after reports of an apparent leak that allows exhaust fumes to leak into the cabin.

"Safety is our top priority", Weigandt said.

It's a problem that's led to almost 400 similar Explorers parked in Austin, Texas, where dozens of officers have reported health problems. Injuries range from loss of consciousness, headaches, crash-related injuries, and up to one carbon monoxide-related exposure injury.

Despite the lack of conclusive and documented linkage between injury reports and carbon monoxide poisoning, the NHTSA notes that carbon monoxide levels "may be elevated in certain driving scenarios". This applies to vehicles made between 2011 and 2017.

The agency also said that through cooperation with police departments, it has learned that the Police Interceptor version of the Explorer is experiencing exhaust manifold cracks that are hard to detect and may explain exhaust odors.

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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