BREAKING: APD reports 3 possible carbon monoxide leaks inside patrol cars


Austin police say they’ve had three incidents in which officers reported smelling exhaust fumes leaking into the cabin of their cars, including one on Saturday in which a sergeant almost passed out after possibly inhaling carbon monoxide.

The incidents come after Ford issued a technical service bulletin in December “that had some concerns about possible exhaust leaking into some of the Ford Explorer vehicles, namely models between 2011 and 2015,” Austin police Assistant Chief Ely Reyes said. 

Reyes said the three incidents happened within the last couple of months. The sergeant involved in Saturday’s incident is the only one who has been treated for symptoms related to carbon monoxide. 

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In response, the city has purchased 400 stickers that change color when they come into contact with carbon monoxide and will place them in all of its Ford Explorers, Reyes said. City staff will later install carbon monoxide alarms in the vehicles. 

“We are hopeful that with the short-term and long-term solutions we have in place we’ll ensure the safety of our officers and that our city fleet will continue working with Ford on identifying the issues and getting our vehicles the repairs needed,” Reyes said. 


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