The swirl of concerns about fumes in Ford Explorer Police Interceptor SUVs appears to be increasing.
Police in Auburn, Mass., are reporting that three officers have been admitted to hospitals for high carbon monoxide levels and have posted photos on Facebook of a crash involving an officer in a 2017 Ford Explorer Police Interceptor who suffered from carbon monoxide exposure.
The Auburn police department noted in two Facebook postings Wednesday that 10 cruisers have been taken out of service and that Explorers operated by other city departments have also been taken out of service "based on high CO levels."
The department said it was thankful no one was badly hurt in the crash but made a plea to other agencies to check their own vehicles.
Brad Carroll, a spokesman for Ford, said the automaker has a team in Auburn inspecting vehicles.
“Safety is our top priority, and we are concerned for those involved. We are working with the Auburn Police Department and have a team on the ground inspecting the vehicles," according to a statement sent by Carroll.
The Associated Press reported last week that police in Austin, Texas, planned to pull almost 400 Explorer SUVs from their fleets after reports of exhaust fumes sickening officers.
The action comes as U.S. auto safety regulators investigate complaints of exhaust fume problems in more than 1 million Explorers from the 2011-17 model years, according to the AP.
A statement from Ford last week suggested the issues might be related to equipment added to the 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."