A second Austin Police Department officer has sued Ford for negligence, alleging the company failed to fix a known issue with its Explorer Police Interceptor SUV, which leaked carbon monoxide that poisoned the officer and resulted in nerve damage.
Austin Police Sgt. Zachary LaHood told CBS News he’s “lucky to be alive” after experiencing carbon monoxide poisoning from a leak in his Ford Explorer. Six other Austin police officers have also been treated for carbon monoxide exposure in the last week, so the department has taken 37 of its Ford Explorer Police…
The Ford Explorer Police Interceptor is the new darling of law enforcement agencies big and small, thanks to its equipment (and perp) carrying abilities, all-wheel drive, and intimidating hugeness. But the police SUV just got a black eye in the form of a federal investigation into its brakes.
As expected, Ford's second addition to its law enforcement lineup re-skins the new Police Interceptor's Taurus-platformed soccer mom stablemate, the 2011 Explorer. The 2011 Ford Explorer Police Interceptor likely crosses over into police lineups early next year.