HOLLAND, Mass. (WWLP) – Shortly after the Holland Police Department discovered one of their officers had tested positive for elevated levels of carbon monoxide, a second police officer has tested positive as well.
The Holland Police Department began installing CO detectors in their cruisers after hearing leaks were becoming a problem for Ford Police Interceptor SUVs across the country.
According to a posting on the Holland Police Department’s Facebook page, the second officer was found to have 3 percent carbon monoxide in his blood, whereas the doctor told him it should be below 2.3 percent.
Both officers are doing well, according to the posting, and were advised to remove themselves from the area if they begin to feel any symptoms.
Holland police say they are contacting Ford to resolve the problem.
Ford spokesperson Daniel Barbossa told 22News that they have worked with police agencies from Auburn, Massachusetts to Galveston, Texas, helping inspect and repair more than 50 vehicles. He said that most departments that have come forward to them just wanted more information on the issue, and did not have specific complaints. He sent the following statement:
“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.”