WSP troopers report symptoms of possible CO inhalation; Patrol SUVs get detectors

Since January, the agency said six troopers have reported feeling sick from possibly breathing in exhaust fumes while driving. The Patrol is installing detectors in vehicles to avoid future cases.

The Washington State Patrol is equipping hundreds of its vehicles with carbon- monoxide (CO) detectors after six troopers since January have reported feeling sick from possibly inhaling exhaust fumes.

Crews will install the devices in 634 Ford Explorer Police Interceptors over the next few weeks, according to State Patrol Capt. Shane Nelson.

The move, announced Friday, comes amid a months-long federal investigation into a version of the Ford Explorer over worries of exhaust-fume problems nationwide.

Ford has responded to the numerous carbon-monoxide claims by promising to make repairs as it investigates the complaints.

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According to a statement on the State Patrol’s blog, six troopers reported symptoms associated with possibly breathing in carbon monoxide while at work inInterceptors, a high-performance version of the Ford Explorer used by law enforcement. They made the reports January through mid-July.

Two troopers were hospitalized, and released, Nelson said at a news conference, which the State Patrol streamed online. Officials confirmed there was measurable carbon monoxide in the system of one of the troopers. Both have returned to work.

Symptoms of carbon-monoxide poisoning include dizziness, weakness, shortness of breath and nausea or vomiting.

No further details on the troopers were available.

Meanwhile, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating complaints of exhaust odors and possible carbon-monoxide exposure in 1.33 million Ford Explorers across the nation.

Among the complaints, three involved crashes and 41 were reports of injuries, such as loss of consciousness, nausea and headaches.

The State Patrol is among law-enforcement agencies nationwide that have installed detectors inside their fleets’ Ford vehicles in response to the issue.

The Austin Police Department has gone a step further by pulling nearly 400 of their Ford Explorers off the street.

More than 60 officers there have reported health problems since February, and more than 20 were found to have measurable carbon monoxide in their systems, city officials said Friday.

Ford said in a statement…

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