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.