Ford recalls Police Interceptor Utilities over CO issues

Ford will repair utilities regardless of age, mileage or modifications

Published: August 9, 2017, 4:35 PM
Updated: November 21, 2021, 3:08 PM

Ford Police Interceptor Utility licence plate holder

Ford is working on a different kind of recall, addressing concerns with carbon monoxide seepage into the cabin of its Police Interceptor utilities.

The utilities have unsealed or improperly sealed holes at the rear of the 4-door utility service vehicles, which are allowing exhaust fumes into the cabin. Ford engineering teams are working in more than 12 communities in which the 50 vehicles are deployed to address the potentially deadly issue.

The uniqueness of the situation lies in the fact that the issues are not factory problems, but arise from the modifications the respective police services make to the vehicle, most notably around the mounting of accessory lighting around the rear licence plate bracket.

Upon hearing about the issue, some Explorer owners have wondered about the exhaust odours in their SUVs, but Ford assures them the odours are unrelated to the Police Interceptor problems, but still warranting an inspection at a Ford dealership.

The issue primarily concerns, but is not restricted to, the hatchgate at the rear of the vehicle, where the factory-issued license plate lights have been replaced by aftermarket, emergency light clusters. If the installation is not tight or replacement doesn’t line-up, some of the connections may leave holes to the interior of the door, which could then seep into the cabin around gaps in interior trim.

Ford will address the situation by covering the cost of specific repairs in every Police Interceptor Utility, regardless of age, mileage and aftermarket modifications. The company will seal off any holes, recalibrate the air-conditioning system to bring more fresh air into the vehicle (especially under heavier acceleration, which would also result in more exhaustbeing generated), and check engine codes to find indications of damaged exhaust manifolds.