Ford Explorer Carbon Monoxide Issue

The Issue:

For two years, owners of Ford Explorers throughout the country have reported nausea and illness related to poor ventilation in their vehicles. Ford’s response? Denial of the problem and a refusal to issue a recall. Now, the Center for Auto Safety and other civic and governmental organizations are fighting back.


Our Actions:


Our Surveys:

Ford Explorer Exhaust and Carbon Monoxide Survey


Latest News:


News Archives:

Ford faces lawsuit alleging carbon monoxide leak in police Explorers. Automotive News. August 13, 2019.    

Feds investigate Ford Explorer SUV after owners say it’s making them sick. Detroit Free Press. January 25, 2018.

Ford offers free repairs as Explorer exhaust complaints grow. CBS News. November 15, 2017.

Hit by Complaints About Fumes, Ford to Begin Providing Free Fixes for Explorers.Fair Warning. October 26, 2017.Safety group urges recall of 1.3 million Ford Explorers. Consumer Affairs. October 17, 2017.

Center for Auto Safety demands Ford issue full recall of Explorers. ABC Eyewitness News. October 17, 2017.

Ford under pressure to recall over 1.3 million cars. Good Morning America. October 17, 2017.

Ford urged to recall 1.3M Explorers over exhaust fume concerns. CBS This Morning. October 17, 2017.

Group calls for recall of more than 1.3 million Ford Explorers. CBS Evening News. October 17, 2017.

Ford Urged to Recall 1.3 Million Vehicles Over Carbon Monoxide. NBC Nightly News. October 17, 2017.

Federal Regulators Ratchet Up Probe of Ford Explorer Exhaust Complaints. Fair Warning. September 20, 2017.


NHTSA Investigation:

Preliminary Evaluation – PE16-008 – Opened July 1, 2016
Opening Resume
NHTSA Information Request (IR)
Ford IR Response
Closing Resume

Engineering Analysis – EA17-002 – Opened July 27, 2017
Opening Resume

Ford’s Response:
Ford Announces Complimentary Service for 2011-17 Retail Explorers
Ford Owner Bulletin
Ford Memo to Dealers
Technical Service Bulletin 16-0166
Technical Service Bulletin 14-0130