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 2012 Ford Explorer, both ongoing and closed, are listed below:

  1. INVESTIGATION: Ford Explorer Exhaust Odor

    NHTSA Preliminary Evaluation #PE16008

    • Status:
      CLOSED
    • Date Opened: July 01, 2016
    • Date Closed: September 12, 2017
    • Recall: No recall issued

    Component(s): Engine And Engine Cooling:Exhaust System
    Structure:Body

    Summary: There is no summary currently available

  2. INVESTIGATION: Electric power steering failure

    NHTSA Preliminary Evaluation #PE12017

    Component(s): Steering:Electric Power Assist System

    Summary: There is no summary currently available

  3. INVESTIGATION: Ford Explorer Exhaust Odor

    NHTSA Engineering Analysis #EA17002

    • Status:
      PENDING
    • Date Opened: July 27, 2017
    • Date Closed: N/A
    • Recall: No recall yet

    Component(s): Engine And Engine Cooling:Exhaust System:Manifold/Header/Muffler/Tail Pipe
    Structure:Body

    Summary: There is no summary currently available