KHP replaces part in Ford Explorers due to exhaust fumes

PARK CITY, Kan. (KSNW) – KSN told viewers on Monday about a Police Interceptor Ford Explorer the Park City Police Chief said had high carbon monoxide levels in the vehicle.

It turns out, they weren’t the only law enforcement agency with concerns.

“My thoughts first are ‘Is our officer safe?’ and then we want to make sure the environment we have them in is going to be safe for them to work every day and we have to have patrol cars that is our livelihood out there,” said Captain Joseph Bott with the Kansas Highway Patrol.

Many Kansas Highway Patrol troopers on the turnpike rely on the Ford Explorer Police Interceptor.

Captain Bott said it has served them well, at least most of them

“I mean it was probably about a year and a half ago. We had some issues with people saying they weren’t feeling as good,” said Bott.

Bott said after several troopers reported feeling ill, they had the SUVs checked out. He said it was in the Ecoboost Ford Explorer Police Interceptors that mechanics discovered something.

“We had about 20 vehicles in our fleet that went into the shop to get exhaust manifolds replaced,” said Bott.

Bott said the part was cracked and it resulted in exhaust fumes entering in the cabin. He said they worked with Ford and they were able to fix the problems which were under warranty.

“There was a couple of times it seemed like problems kept recurring and they would continue to look at it and work through it with us,” noted Bott.

The troopers on the turnpike believe the problem is fixed, but they are taking some extra precautions.

Bott said they now keep carbon monoxide detectors on hand to test for CO levels if they start smelling the odor, or feeling ill.

“We just had one the other day after this story came out that someone wanted to get checked, wanted to have their car checked. So we did a monoxide test on it and it was a little bit high, not real high, so I think we are going to get it back to the dealership,” added Bott.

He said for the most part they haven’t had additional problems.

“I am still nervous about it because there is still problems out there that I see around,” Bott added.

But he does say they’ll be keeping the detectors handy, and making sure to check in on the troopers.

“It would not surprise me if somewhere along the line we had another issue that we will just have to work through,” said Bott.

He said Ford and the local shops have been very helpful in making the repairs and getting the vehicles back on the road.

KSN reached out to Ford who released the following statement about Carbon Monoxide in the Ford Explorers:

“In rare circumstances, there have been instances where customers detected an exhaust odor in Explorers and Police Interceptor Utilities. We have thoroughly investigated reports of exhaust odor and do not believe this odor condition poses a safety risk.”


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