Moline Police Department not anxious about its Ford fleet

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"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".

The Janesville Police Department is converting its fleet from Chevy Impalas to Ford SUVs, such as this one.

He tried it with windows closed, air conditioning on high and on air recycling, and still no problem was detected, Kleisner said.

"The Auburn Police Department is happy to report that we believe the carbon monoxide issue we have recently experienced with our Ford police cruisers is believed to have been corrected by Ford engineers and mechanics from the Auburn DPW", the department said in a Facebook post.

"We've taken all of the measures that we can-I think Ford is a good product, and we haven't had any problems", said Giles.

Ford's recent recall of police interceptor utility vehicles due to carbon monoxide links isn't of great concern to the Moline Police Department, despite the fact 30 of its vehicles are Ford SUVs.

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Some news reports have linked the effects of the fumes to officers crashing their vehicles.

Police said Wednesday three officers were hospitalized for "high carbon monoxide levels", including one who passed out in a cruiser and rear-ended another vehicle. The matter is also under investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which has received just under 800 complaints about the carbon monoxide leak issue.

The problem begins with cracks in the vehicle's exhaust manifold, which filters out gases from the engine and expels them through the exhaust pipe.

A Ford Investigation states the company discovered holes and unsealed spaces that allow the unsafe and hard to detect gas into the cabins of vehicles.

The department said the officer was exposed to carbon monoxide.

It will likely take three or four years to convert the entire fleet to Explorers, Kleisner said.

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