YPD Safety Update - Ford Explorers
To All Personnel:
 
As you are aware, there is an ongoing concern with some of the Ford Explorers in our patrol vehicle fleet, regarding carbon monoxide leaks.  The models affected are the 2011-2015 Ford Explorers.  The Chief's office is working closely with University Fleet to address this concern.  Twenty carbon monoxide detectors have been ordered and will be installed in all YPD Ford Explorers, regardless of the year.
 
The carbon monoxide leaks on some of these vehicles is believed to be caused by the vehicle accelerating and the air conditioning running in recirculation mode.  The Ford Motor Company has received over 100 complaints related to the carbon monoxide problem; however, a recall has not been issued.  The Ford Motor Company issued the following statement:
 
"We take the safety of our customers very seriously and will cooperate with NHTSA on this investigation, as we always do.  In rare circumstances, there have been instances where customers detected an exhaust odor in Explorers. While it poses no safety risk, customers can and are encouraged to contact their local Ford dealer to address any concerns."

Please visit the following link to for additional information regarding the carbon monoxide leaks:  https://www.policeone.com/legal/articles/365839006-5-things-to-know-about-the-Ford-carbon-monoxide-hazard/.

Carbon monoxide is a colorless and odorless gas.  Signs and symptoms of exposure include:
  • Dull headache
  • Weakness
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Shortness of breath
  • Confusion
  • Blurred vision
If you experience any of these symptoms, please seek medical attention immediately. The safety of our officers is of paramount importance. As I mentioned last week, we will keep you updated as the carbon monoxide detector equipment arrives and we begin to install them in our vehicles.
 
Respectfully,

Chief Ronnell Higgins