Should Ford Intercept Used Police Explorer Interceptors?

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Many civilians have purchased used law enforcement vehicles. So, how does this factor into Ford’s commitment to resolving reported CO issue?

Ford is working closely alongside law enforcement agencies to find a permanent solution for the reported carbon monoxide leaks in its Explorer Interceptor SUVs.

As we previously shared with you, when police equipment was installed in Ford Explorers, holes were drilled into the body to mount accessories such as radio equipment and lights. These are often moved from vehicle to vehicle as departments re-configure their fleets throughout the years. According to Ford, small holes are often left unsealed, leaving an opportunity for exhaust gases to enter the cabin, posing a severe risk for carbon monoxide poisoning.


Another aspect that wasn’t originally considered are the many police-rated Ford Explorers purchased by civilians over the last few years. These vehicles are generally sold via auctions to private security firms or to individuals looking for heavier duty SUVs.

When it comes to vehicles on active police duty Ford has released a three-part plan to solve the problem.

  • Identify the problem: Ford will check for holes in the bodywork and plug them as needed, ensuring a proper seal for the cabin.
  • Air induction: the air conditioning system will be re-calibrated to bring in additional fresh air during heavy acceleration.
  • Engine codes: Ford technicians will check for fault codes that could indicate damaged exhaust manifolds that could lead to carbon monoxide leaks. This potential exhaust manifold issue was referenced in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s report on the issue, and Ford wants to keep a close eye on it.

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Cam Vanderhorst is a contributor to Harley-Davidson Forums, Ford Truck Enthusiasts, Corvette Forum, and MB World. He is also a co-host of the Cammed & Tubbed podcast.

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