Transcript for Austin police take entire fleet of Ford SUVs off the streets
Adrienne, thank you. The Austin police department has taken its entire fleet of Ford SUVs off the streets after officers reported getting sick from carbon monoxide fumes. Now government safety regulators are looking at Ford explorers going back to 2011. ABC's Marci Gonzalez explains. Reporter: Tonight, the Austin police department pulling their entire fleet of nearly 400 Ford explorer SUVs from the streets, concerned about possible carbon monoxide fumes they say have sickened more than 60 officers there and created dangerous situations like this. I had absolutely no clue as to what was happening. Reporter: Former Newport beach, California, officer Brian Mcdowell, now suing Ford, saying he believes he blacked out behind the wheel of this Ford explorer because of an exhaust leak. I began to get a severe headache and began to feel nauseous. Reporter: Officers in at least four states reporting similar symptoms. Ford, saying their investigation is ongoing, but they believe the problem may be coming from modifications made by police departments when installing the equipment. The national highway traffic safety administration is expanding its investigation of all model year 2011 to 2017 Ford explorers. They've now gotten nearly 800 complaints, many from regular Ford customers reporting suspicious odors. The company assuring those instances are unrelated to the carbon monoxide described by some police departments. If you're the driver of a nonpolice Ford explorer there's no reason to be concerned. Reporter: And Ford is now offering to cover the costs of fixing the problem in all police Ford explorers. Tom? Marci, thank you. Next, to the reactions are
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