Ford checks police cruisers for carbon monoxide levels

All officers who drove those vehicles were tested

AUBURN, Mass. (WWLP) – More Massachusetts police officers have been affected by high carbon monoxide levels.

Engineers from Ford Motor Vehicles tested the Auburn Police Department’s fleet of cruisers on Thursday.

All officers who drove those vehicles were also tested.

The concerns come after an officer passed out in his cruiser on Wednesday, just before hitting another vehicle.

Officials said 13 vehicles have been pulled off the road and six officers have shown elevated levels of CO while on duty.

“Safety is our top priority. We continue to investigate. We have not found elevated levels of carbon monoxide in non-Police Ford Explorers. To address police customers who drive modified vehicles in unique ways, we are covering the costs of specific repairs in every Police Interceptor Utility that may have carbon monoxide concerns, regardless of modifications made after leaving Ford’s factory,” Ford Motor Company said in a statement to 22News.

Officials said they hope to install CO detectors in all of its cruisers, which could take up to two weeks.