Auburn police say carbon problem resolved in cruisers

Auburn police announced Saturday night that they have resolved the issue of elevated levels of carbon monoxide detected in several Ford Explorer police vehicles.

In a posting on Facebook, the department wrote that the problem “is believed to have been corrected” with the assistance of a team of engineers from Ford Motor Co.

The elevated levels of the toxic gas came to light last week, after an Auburn police officer who was exposed crashed a vehicle, town officials said.


The incident prompted the Central Massachusetts town to take 10 Ford police cruisers off the road. Ford sent a team of engineers to Auburn to examine the vehicles. Auburn police said they are pleased with the response.

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“The police department was very pleased and impressed with the rapid and professional response by Ford and it’s engineering staff which spent several days troubleshooting the problem,” police wrote on Facebook.

Corrections made to the cruisers included removing exterior lighting, sealing tail light wiring, and replacing rear spoiler clips, the statement.

The problem has been addressed in all but three cruisers, which should be fixed on Monday, the statement said.

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