VAN BUREN (KFSM) – The Van Buren City Council voted 6 to 0 to approve the police department’s request of three new department vehicles.
The city will purchase three new Chevy Tahoe’s from the state to replace their Ford Explorers.
Each car costs $5,000 more than the Ford Explorers, and the total cost of each unit is just over $30,000.
This decision comes after an entire police fleet of Ford vehicles were taken off the road in Austin, Texas after 20 police officers were found with carbon monoxide in their blood.
The Van Buren Police Department installed carbon monoxide testers inside their vehicles when carbon monoxide became a concern, but will now replace the them.
Daniel Barbossa with Ford Motor Company sent us this statement.
He said, “Ford has worked side-by-side with more than a dozen police agencies nationwide to inspect and repair more than 50 vehicles in cities and towns, such as Auburn, Massachusetts, and Galveston, Texas. We want to work together with police departments and we encourage them to bring in any vehicle with this concern to their local Ford dealer. We are covering the costs of specific repairs in every Police Interceptor Utility that may have carbon monoxide concerns, regardless of modifications made after leaving Ford’s factory.”