Carbon Monoxide Problem in Police SUVs Proves Why It Pays to Do Aftermarket Installations Correctly

Law enforcement departments around the U.S. are learning a valuable lesson about aftermarket modifications.

After the Ford Police Interceptor Utility leaves the factory, many departments will install custom third-party equipment: flashing lights, radios, etc. Connecting wires through the SUV requires drilling holes right through the metal body in areas like the liftgate, or behind the tail lights. These holes can create an entry point for exhaust fumes if they are not sealed correctly according to the Modifier's Guide—and this year, Ford has learned of several cases where the Police Interceptor Utility had elevated levels of carbon monoxide in the cabin.

For civilians like you and me, doing a faulty third-party modification would usually result in a voided warranty and a swift voyage up the proverbial creek without a paddle. Luckily for police departments around the country, Ford takes its relationship with law enforcement seriously, and is covering the cost of repairs regardless of the vehicle's age, mileage, or who modified it.

If you decide to add third-party accessories to your Ford, particularly if they require drilling, take this lesson to heart, and make sure it's done by a trusted professional.

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