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Austin Police Cars to Get Carbon Monoxide Detectors Installed

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During the past few months, three Austin police vehicles have leaked carbon monoxide into the cabin of the car. The Statesman says that on Saturday, one officer nearly passed out from inhaling the fumes. He was treated for carbon monoxide poisoning.

Austin Police Association President Ken Casaday told KXAN, “We have enough worries out there, enough dangers without worrying about the car killing you that you’re driving in.” In order to combat the problem, the Austin Police Department ordered 400 detectors to stick inside the vehicles that change colors once the gas is detected. Eventually, they want to install higher tech alarms, so police won’t need to keep checking the sticker for a color change. They will cost $50 per car.

KXAN says that late last year, Ford stated that some of their 2011 – 2015 Explorer vehicles are having leak exhaust issues. Elizabeth Weigandt, Ford Safety communication manager, said, “We take the safety of our customers very seriously. In rare circumstances, there have been instances where customers detected an exhaust odor in Explorers. While we believe this poses no safety risk, Ford just learned of the Austin Police Department report and has not had the opportunity to inspect this particular vehicle.”

The spokesperson added that Ford plans to work with APD to solve the issue. Those who are worried about their own vehicles should get in touch with their nearest Ford dealership.