The Office of Defects Investigations (ODI) is an office within the NHTSA which investigates serious safety problems in the design, construction or performance of vehicles. The NHTSA is authorized to order manufacturers to recall and repair vehicles, if the ODI finds a safety issue. NHTSA investigations for the 2002 Ford Explorer, both ongoing and closed, are listed below:

  1. INVESTIGATION: MIS-ASSEMBLED AIRBAG CLOCKSPRING

    NHTSA Engineering Analysis #EA02010

    • Status:
      CLOSED
    • Date Opened: July 02, 2002
    • Date Closed: February 25, 2003
    • Recall: No recall issued

    Component(s): Air Bags

    Summary: Alleged improper installation of the air bag clockspring wiring assembly leads to air bag system failure

  2. INVESTIGATION: INOPERATIVE AIR BAG SYSTEM

    NHTSA Defect Investigation #SQ01015

    • Status:
      CLOSED
    • Date Opened: December 12, 2001
    • Date Closed: July 02, 2002
    • Recall: No recall issued

    Component(s): Air Bags

    Summary: Allege improper installation, the air bag clockspring wiring assembly can be damaged and can affect the performance of the air bag system during frontal crashes.

  3. INVESTIGATION: SPARK PLUG EJECTION FROM CYLINDER HEAD

    NHTSA Defect Investigation #DP05005

    • Status:
      CLOSED
    • Date Opened: September 22, 2005
    • Date Closed: January 04, 2006
    • Recall: No recall issued

    Component(s): Engine And Engine Cooling
    Engine And Engine Cooling:Engine
    Engine And Engine Cooling:Engine:Gasoline

    Summary: There is no summary currently available

  4. INVESTIGATION: Vehicle Rollaway Allegations

    NHTSA Engineering Analysis #EA09013

    • Status:
      CLOSED
    • Date Opened: August 18, 2009
    • Date Closed: February 12, 2013
    • Recall: No recall issued

    Component(s): Power Train:Automatic Transmission:Gear Position Indication (Prndl)
    Power Train:Automatic Transmission:Lever And Linkage:Column Shift
    Steering
    Steering:Column
    Steering:Column Locking:Anti-Theft Device

    Summary: There is no summary currently available

  5. INVESTIGATION: VEHICLE ROLLAWAY ALLEGATIONS

    NHTSA Preliminary Evaluation #PE09020

    • Status:
      CLOSED
    • Date Opened: April 21, 2009
    • Date Closed: August 19, 2009
    • Recall: No recall issued

    Component(s): Steering
    Steering:Column
    Steering:Column Locking:Anti-Theft Device

    Summary: There is no summary currently available

  6. INVESTIGATION: REAR LIFTGATE GLASS ASSEMBLY

    NHTSA Preliminary Evaluation #PE04045

    Component(s): Structure:Body:Hatchback/Liftgate:Hinge And Attachments

    Summary: There is no summary currently available

  7. INVESTIGATION: STUCK ENGINE THROTTLE

    NHTSA Preliminary Evaluation #PE05037

    • Status:
      CLOSED
    • Date Opened: July 07, 2005
    • Date Closed: November 02, 2005
    • Recall: No recall issued

    Component(s): Vehicle Speed Control
    Vehicle Speed Control:Accelerator Pedal
    Vehicle Speed Control:Cables

    Summary: There is no summary currently available