Local law enforcement agencies are checking their police cruisers for possible carbon monoxide leaks.
This comes after officers in other jurisdictions have become sick from fumes seeping inside their vehicles.
In those cases, the departments have reported officers driving Ford Explorers.
The Red Bank Police Department is keeping an eye on its patrol cars because of the possible carbon monoxide danger. The department recently added as many as seven of the vehicles to its fleet.
Channel 3 alerted City Manager Randall Smith to the possible problem.
“We had carbon monoxide tests on all of the vehicles so that created a baseline. We had no leaks. They all checked out fine so there's nothing wrong,” said Smith.
As a precaution, the department has put carbon monoxide monitors in all of the cruisers.
“If it's yellow it means it has normal levels. If it turns green it means there's caution and you should probably have someone look at it and if it ever turns blue that means it's dangerous and you need to immediately exit the vehicle and figure out what the issue is,” said Officer Derek McCoy.
McCoy also told Channel 3, “This makes us feel safe in the vehicle and it also gives us peace of mind to where we don't think that if we happen to have a headache there could be carbon monoxide leaking through the vehicle. We can look down and see yes there is or no there isn't a problem.”
The city decided to implement the new policy to protect officers because they don’t want to take any risks.
“We just want to make sure that our officers are safe and remain safe,” Smith told Channel 3.
No recall has been announced.
Channel 3 contacted Ford Motor Company and a spokesperson provided a statement that reads:
“We have investigated and not found any carbon monoxide issue resulting from the design of our Police Interceptor Utility Vehicles. We know police modify these vehicles, which can contribute to exhaust-related issues. We have provided instructions to help seal these modifications and are ready to inspect any vehicles with this concern.”