2020 Ford Explorer Interceptor Has A Trick Up Its Sleeves To Protect Officers From Rear-End Crashes

The 2020 Ford Explorer Police Interceptor Utilityhas been made safer than ever in order to reduce the risk of police officers being injured by rear-end collisions.

The Detroit Free Press reports that state troopers throughout the United States are frequently rear-ended when they have pulled over to the side of the road conducting traffic stops or investigating accidents.

Other vehicles must meet impact safety standards of 50 mph (80 km/h) for rear-end protection. The new Explorer Police Interceptor Utility, however, is the only one that provides rear-impact protection at up to 75 mph (120 km/h).

Making the Explorer Police Interceptor Utility so safe is an X-shaped metal brace in the floor and a new-for-2020MY ladder-like steel safety frame at the rear of all Explorers delivered to police forces.

“These pieces together are primary bracing we use to handle the absorption for the 75-mile per hour rear impact,” Ford’s lead engineer Bill Gubing said about the bracing.

“Those are high-strength steel tubes. We put a layer of reinforcement between the floor pan and the seating surfaces. It holds both sides of the car together, so it can’t break apart. The structure stays intact and strong, allowing less crush. It takes all of the energy from the object hitting the back of the police car and disperses it throughout the entire structure.”

According to Michigan State Police 1st Lt. Mike Shaw, it’s not a matter of if, but rather when officers in the force will be rear-ended when they pull aside.

“I know a trooper who has been hit more than 10 times… People just aren’t paying attention out there, and sometimes they’re impaired with alcohol or marijuana or even their cellphones. Maybe they’re just gawking. And our troopers are getting hit.”

In designing its police vehicles, Ford works alongside authorities to make sure everything is perfect. For example, the doors on the Blue Oval’s police vehicles need to be modified so officers can easily reach the handles when they’re buckled in and wearing a bulletproof vest, while the trunk can only be opened when the ignition is on.

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  • charlotteharry57

    This is admittedly good news. I also hope Ford has fixed the leaky exhaust system of the current Explorer that put officers lives in danger due to potential carbon monoxide poisoning. I assume Ford eventually fixed that problem, but I never heard anything concrete about it.

    • Evan McMaster

      more popo is never good

    • S3XY

      Such an oxymoron. Carbon monoxide poisoning from ALL car exhausts is a danger to ALL human lives.

      Ford has not fixed that problem because the explorer is not all electric.

      • Matteo Tommasi

        Let’s all go for cobalt poisoning instead


    I hope it doesn’t exploder

  • eb110americana

    Police pull you over for going 5, 10, 15, 20 over the limit, so you stop on the shoulder of a fast moving freeway, “for your safety” and then are surprised when someone rear ends them after purposely stopping in an area where vehicles should not be stopping. I’m not saying the driver that rear ends them isn’t to blame, but when the thing they do is actually more dangerous than what they are pulling you over for–well, you have to wonder why they keep doing it after getting rear ended 10 times. Police constantly do risky stuff, supposedly because they are professionally trained. I always see them breaking traffic laws without their lights on, sometimes causing havoc at intersections as they make illegal maneuvers. I had one pull out from a dead stop on the highway median in front of me for no reason at all. Nearly caused a pile up. And then they wonder why the public is so averse to police.

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