NHTSA investigating Ford Explorers for exhaust leak

Michael Martinez
The Detroit News

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened an investigation into 2011-15 model year Ford Explorers that are reportedly leaking carbon monoxide.

NHTSA officials say they’ve received 154 complaints of occupants smelling exhaust odors inside the vehicle. There was one low-speed crash involved in the investigation, but no one was injured.

The complaints say exhaust gas can be smelled when the Explorers are at full throttle and/or when the air conditioning system is in recirculation mode.

The investigation did not say how many Explorers are affected.

Ford has previously issued two “technical service bulletins” in 2012 and 2014 with solutions to the problem, but NHTSA said some vehicle owners reported “little or no improvement” after the fixes.

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