Ford Explorer Investigated Over Exhaust Leak

After multiple owners complained about very strong gasoline smell inside the cabin, the National Safety Highway Administration started an investigation to find out the exact cause of the latest problem affecting the Ford Explorer. According to complaints posted on the NHTSA website, most affected owners tell that the fumes enter the SUV's cabin through the air vents.
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According to the safety regulator, a more detailed breakdown of this issue will be published after investigators will find out if just a handful of cars are affected by the hazardous fumes or if a full-fledged recall operation is a better proposition. This is not the first time Explorer owners complained to the government agency about strange odors making their way inside the cabin.

The Blue Oval recalled the 2013 model year Explorer over a fuel leak that was signaled by a stingy gasoline odor in and out of the car. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, vehicles affected were fitted with fuel tanks that suffered from a "marginally sealed seam" on one side. A Ford spokesman declared to the media that the company will provide the NHTSA with any available data to reach a verdict as soon as possible.

In case you haven't heard about it, we remind you that the same 2011 - 2013 model year Ford Explorer we're talking about today is also subjected to a call back campaign announced at the end of May. An "intermittent electrical connection" (or short circuit in plain English) in the steering column is the defect that convinced the Blue Oval to recall an estimated 195,527 units of the Explorer SUV.
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About the author: Mircea Panait
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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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