Ford Ex­plorer fumes have po­lice de­part­ments wor­ried

The Washington Times Daily - - NATION -

MONT­PE­LIER | A grow­ing num­ber of po­lice de­part­ments across the coun­try are tak­ing ac­tion over con­cerns that car­bon monox­ide fumes from Ford Ex­plorer pa­trol ve­hi­cles are seep­ing in­side the SUVs, po­ten­tially sick­en­ing of­fi­cers.

Ver­mont State Po­lice and sev­eral other de­part­ments in the North­east are in­spect­ing their fleets or have in­stalled car­bon monox­ide mon­i­tors in the ve­hi­cles.

At least two de­part­ments in Texas have gone fur­ther, pulling their en­tire fleets Ford Ex­plor­ers off the road.

The ac­tions come as po­lice in Mas­sachusetts con­firmed that an of­fi­cer who passed out be­hind the wheel of his cruiser and crashed had tested pos­i­tive for ex­po­sure to car­bon monox­ide.

Ford Mo­tor Co. promised to re­pair the ve­hi­cles as it con­tin­ues to in­ves­ti­gate the cause of the prob­lem.

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