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Feds Investigate SUVs Possibly Linked to Police Hospitalizations Across the Country


By Liz Carey

Austin, TX (WorkersCompensation.com) – A federal agency has stepped in to investigate whether or not modified SUVs are responsible for the carbon dioxide poisoning of police officers across the country. 

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently began investigating more than 1.3 million Ford Explorers made between 2011 and 2017, after it received reports of exhaust odors and high carbon monoxide levels. The government agency is working with Ford to see if there is a connection between those reports and growing reports of police officers overcome by carbon monoxide in modified Explorers.

Across the country, police departments are pulling the Ford Explorers from their fleets as their officers are being hospitalized or are filing workers’ compensation reports for high carbon monoxide levels.

In Austin, TX, the Austin...

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