Scott County Sheriff's Department takes action after discovering malfunctioning vehicle

The vehicle flowed carbon monoxide back into the passenger cabin

DAVENPORT, Iowa - As part of an ongoing nationwide issue, Ford's Explorer Police Interceptor vehicles are to blame for a Scott County Sheriff's Deputy becoming ill.

Deputy Gina Acosta complained of headaches and nausea after weeks of unknowingly breathing in carbon monoxide gas coming from a crack in the truck's exhaust manifold.

"Weekends, I feel fine, but it was during the week I wasn't feeling good and going home with headaches," Acosta said. "My headaches had been getting worse, and I'd been noticing an exhaust odor coming in through the vents."

Deputy Acosta made the connection after viewing a report on the news, featuring law enforcement officers from other areas facing some of the same symptoms.
 
"I was happy that I finally made a connection, because I didn't understand what was going on, and why I was feeling sick by the end of the week," said Acosta. "So, seeing that news report, it was just kind of like, that has to be the reason why."
 
Ford Motor Company has released a statement, saying the cause of this malfunction takes place after the vehicles leave their factories.
 
Scott County Sheriff Tim Lane doesn't agree.
 
"We do seal up anything that we drill because we don't want moisture getting in, rain, and all of that," said Lane. "So, it is sealed. I don't believe that is particularly the issue."
 
Sheriff Lane says that the issues are now being fixed, and there are no plans to pull any of the vehicles from their fleet.
 
"We are very happy with it, and we are not looking to change out," said Acosta.
 
Moline and East Moline police departments also use the vehicles. They are having them inspected, but have not faced any issues.

 


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