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UPDATE: Ford Responds To Brazos County “Exploring” Replacing Law Enforcement Vehicles With Explorers

Brazos County judge Duane Peters 2018 budget presentation at this week’s commissioner’s court meeting included the replacement of 11 law enforcement vehicles.

Peters says there is possibility the county will purchase Ford Explorers…a model that’s been taken off the streets in Galveston and Austin.

Peters says most people believe carbon monoxide issues are due to aftermarket parts installed on those vehicles.

Peters says the Explorers, which cost more, are better than the cars they are replacing.

Peters also talked about installing CO2 monitors.

The 2018 budget proposal calls for the sheriff’s office to replace seven vehicles, along with two for the jail, and one apiece for constable precincts one and two.

Click below for comments from Brazos County judge Duane Peters at the July 31, 2017 commissioners court meeting.



After this story was posted to the WTAW website, Ford Motor Company sent WTAW News this news release:

Ford Motor Company is taking action to help address the concerns of first responders driving Ford Police Interceptor Utility vehicles. Drivers of regular, non-police Ford Explorers have no reason to be concerned.

While there have been reports of exhaust odors in some regular Explorers, those instances are unrelated to reports of carbon monoxide described by some police departments. If a vehicle has such an odor, customers should bring it to a Ford dealer to address that issue.

Addressing specific concerns from Ford police customers, Hau Thai-Tang, executive vice president, Product Development and Purchasing said, “There is nothing we take more seriously than providing you with the safest and most reliable vehicles.”

Ford’s investigation into this issue is ongoing. However, the company has discovered holes and unsealed spaces in the back of some Police Interceptor Utilities that had police equipment installed after leaving Ford’s factory.

When a police or fire department routinely install customized emergency lighting, radios and other equipment, they have to drill wiring access holes into the rear of the vehicle. If the holes are not properly sealed, it creates an opening where exhaust could enter the cabin.

To address these concerns, Ford is announcing today 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.

Ford will:

1. Check and seal off the rear of the vehicle where exhaust can enter

2. Provide a new air conditioning calibration that brings in more fresh air during heavy acceleration typical of police driving

3. Check for engine codes that could indicate a damaged exhaust manifold.

Ford will continue investigating all reports from its police customers, including the exhaust manifold issue referenced by National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

If a customer believes their vehicle may be experiencing an issue, they should bring it to a Ford dealer, who is equipped to assess the vehicle and address the problem. Customers also can call a dedicated hotline at 888-260-5575.

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Posted by on Aug 4 2017. Filed under Featured Stories, News.
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