Ford Pledges to Repair Exhaust-Leak Issues on Explorer Interceptor

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After several police officers became ill, Ford has taken matters into their own hands and announced a resolution.

Ford has identified and is correcting exhaust-leaking problems with Police Interceptor Utility versions of the Ford Explorer, the company said in an official press release. The Blue Oval emphasized that this notice only affects police-spec Explorers. If you own a non-police Explorer, this will not affect you.

The concerns stem from reports of leaking exhaust in some police SUVs. In fact, an Austin, Texas law enforcement officer who was severely ill has filed a lawsuit against the Motor Company. Ford claims that the issue was triggered by drilling extra holes in several compartments to install emergency equipment. The installation of items such as cages, racks, emergency lights, and other accessories may have been the root of the problem.


Operators discovered unsealed holes in some SUVs after they’d left the factory. The company announced they would remedy the situation by making necessary repairs to Police Interceptor Utility vehicles of “any age, mileage, or aftermarket modifications made after purchase.”

The repair plan includes checking and sealing any part of the vehicle’s rear where leaks might occur. Here’s Ford’s inspection process for these Explorers:

  • Check and seal off the rear of the vehicle where exhaust can enter.
  • Provide a new air conditioning calibration that brings in more fresh air during heavy acceleration typical of police driving.
  • Check for engine codes that could indicate a damaged exhaust manifold.

Customers experiencing this issue with Police Interceptor Utilities can contact either their local Ford dealership. Alternatively, they can call a dedicated hotline at 888-260-5575.

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Eric Rood is a regular contributor to Corvette Forum and LS1Tech, among other auto sites.

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