CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) – Local police departments are taking extra precautions to keep officers safe, after reports of possible carbon monoxide leaks in Ford Explorers.
No officers have been injured, but some Hamilton County officials are using similar models.
Police departments in more than a dozen states have raised concerns about possible carbon monoxide leaks.
Ford has declined multiple requests for an interview, but said in a statement that there’s nothing it takes more seriously than providing the safest, most reliable vehicles .
Matt Lea with the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office says they are doing what they can to keep the officers safe.
“We are aware that throughout the nation there have been some issues with law enforcement as far as carbon monoxide poisoning… as a precautionary measure we wanted to go ahead and be proactive by installing carbon monoxide detectors into our vehicles as a precautionary measure. Our people are out greatest asset and we wanna make sure they are protected..”
Departments across the country are inspecting their Explorers and are also rushing to install those carbon monoxide detectors.