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Albany County Sheriff adds carbon monoxide detectors to Ford Explorers

July 25, 2017 06:32 PM

ALBANY – Some local police agencies are taking a closer look at their Ford Explorers after about a dozen officers across the country have gotten carbon monoxide poisoning while driving them.

Police cars are supposed to keep the officers driving them safe. But in almost a dozen incidents in Texas, California, and Louisiana, Ford Explorers have done the opposite, poisoning officers with carbon monoxide and leading to crashes and hospital visits. That has local police departments checking their own Explorers.

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"We’ve had no incidents that we’re aware of," said Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple. "We’ve had our cars tested. But we did put in carbon monoxide detectors in the ten Explorers that we have."

The carbon monoxide detector the Sheriff’s office installed are the same type you can get at any hardware store, and cost only about $10 a unit. "To protect our officers, it was well worth it," said Apple. "I wouldn’t really care what the cost of them were."

Normally carbon monoxide concerns are found in the home. But Sheriff Apple says getting carbon monoxide poisoning in a car would be extremely dangerous. "It’s a silent killer and to have a couple ton vehicle that you’re sitting in and you fall asleep, that thing becomes a torpedo," said Apple.

Ford has said it is helping with a federal investigation that was opened by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration last year. But so far, no recall on the Ford Explorers have been issued.

Other departments in the area also use Ford Explorers.

  • Troy Police have a number of them and say they’ve tested their cars to make sure no carbon monoxide is leaking into the cabin, and have had no issues. They don’t plan on installing carbon monoxide detectors.
  • Albany Police have Ford Explorers in their fleet. They have had no reported issues.
  • Schenectady Police confirmed they have Ford Explorers in their fleet.
  • Rensselaer County Sheriff’s Office says they have 12 Explorers in their fleet and have had no issues. They are currently examining whether to put carbon monoxide detectors in their Explorers. They say if they have an issue, they’ll reevaluate.

If you own a Ford Explorer and are concerned about your own vehicle, you can contact the company at 1-888-260-5575.

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Ben Amey

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