The Broome County Sheriff's Office has taken one of its Ford Explorer patrol vehicles out of service because of carbon monoxide concerns.

Sheriff David Harder said his agency installed carbon monoxide detectors in its eight Ford Police Interceptor units as a result of reports about possible problems elsewhere in the United States.

The sheriff said he pulled one of the cars off the road after a detector was activated.

Speaking on WNBF Radio's Binghamton Now program, Harder said his office contacted the Ford dealership which sold the vehicle to the sheriff's office. He wants the dealership to check out the car.

The sheriff said no problems have been reported with the department's seven other Ford Explorer vehicles and they remain in service.

Harder said no sheriff's deputies have reported any symptoms linked to possible carbon monoxide exposure.

Tioga County Sheriff Gary Howard last month advised the legislature that a carbon monoxide detector had been installed in a Ford Explorer used by his agency.

Howard said the county mechanic was "working with Ford to rectify the problem."

Other Southern Tier law enforcement agencies also have put carbon monoxide detectors in some of the Police Interceptor vehicles.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has been investigating 2011 to 2017 Ford Explorers, including Police Interceptor models, after users reported smelling exhaust fumes in the vehicles.

Across the country, several hundred Police Interceptor vehicles have been taken out of service because of carbon monoxide concerns.

Ford has indicated it is continuing to investigate the issue and is cooperating with federal officials who are looking into the matter.

The fleet manager for the Rochester Ford dealership that provides vehicles to local agencies could not be reached for comment on Friday.

Behind the wheel of a Broome County Sheriff's Office Ford Explorer patrol vehicle. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

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