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Ford Explorer (2011-2017)

Ford Explorer
Ford Explorer

Ford Explorer recalls are extremely serious. A recent article by Reuters explained that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently upgraded and expanded its “probe into 1.33 million Ford Explorer SUVs over reports of exhaust odors in vehicle compartments and exposure to carbon monoxide that may be linked to crashes and injuries.” This is a serious recall, and yet it is only a recent one of many that have impacted Ford Explorer owners since 2011.

Manufacturer: Ford

Model: Explorer

Model Years: 2011-2017

It is extremely important for automobile owners to know about the impact of recalls and to be aware of safety defects in their Ford Explorers. Ford Explorer recalls are serious and can result in severe personal injuries. Since 2011, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has listed a total of 23 recalls for Ford Explorer model years 2011-2017. In addition to the carbon monoxide safety issue, here is more information about each of the NHTSA recalls:

  • Interior door handle return spring may unseat: When an interior door handle return spring unseats, the door can unlatch during a collision. When this happens, vehicle occupants can be at severe risk of injury given that the door will not provide as much protection as intended in the accident. Model years affected: 2011, 2012, and 2013.
  • Loss of electric power steering assist: When a vehicle experiences a loss of power steering assist, it can be more difficult to steer the vehicle at lower speeds. This can lead to a car accident. Model years affected: 2011, 2012, and 2013.
  • Replacement steering gears may lock steering: This defect can make it impossible to steer the vehicle, which can lead to an accident. Model years affected: 2011 and 2012.
  • Center recliner mechanism defect: If a crash occurs, the seat back might not have the required strength, which can increase the risk of injury. Model year affected: 2011.
  • Fuel delivery module may crack and leak: If there is a fuel leak around an ignition source, a fire can start and can cause severe injury. Model year affected: 2013.
  • Child safety lock may become deactivated: A child may be able to unlock the door and open it from inside the vehicle. If a child is unrestrained, this defect could cause serious or even fatal injuries to the child. Model year affected: 2013.
  • Fuel tank may leak at seam: Like the fuel delivery module cracking and leaking, a leaking fuel tank near an ignition source can cause a fire. Model year affected: 2013.
  • Rear suspension toe link may be improperly welded: This can lead to the loss of steering control, and ultimately to an accident. Model years affected: 2014 and 2015.
  • Parking brake may not fully engage: If the vehicle is parked on a slope but the parking brake has a defect, the vehicle can roll away and cause a serious collision with another vehicle or a pedestrian. Model years affected: 2015 and 2016.
  • Driver seat back frame may fail: In the event of a crash, the seat back may not restrain the occupant, which can result in serious injury. Model years affected: 2016 and 2017.
  • Engine block heater may overheat: This defect can increase fire risk. Model year affected: 2016.
  • Fuel tank mounting bolts may be loose: This defect can cause a fuel leak, which can lead to a fire. Model year affected: 2016.
  • Second row seats may be missing attachment studs: These seats can fail to restrain an occupant in the event of an accident. Model year affected: 2017.
  • Oil leak from turbocharger: Like other oil leak defects, this leak can increase the risk of a fire. Model year affected: 2017.

Over the last six years, you might have read the news about how Ford Explorers have been subject to a number of safety recalls. Without taking action, vehicle occupants can sustain serious and fatal injuries due to auto defects.


If you own one of the Ford Explorer models that already has been subject to a recall, or if you have concerns about Ford Explorer recall carbon monoxide injuries, you should seek a repair or replacement immediately. If you have problems, a lemon law attorney can assist you.

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