Feds Are Looking Into Complaints About Exhaust Smells Inside Ford Explorers

Following 154 complaints and an ongoing lawsuit in Florida, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has decided to open an investigation into exhaust fumes entering 2011-2015 Ford Explorer SUVs.

Typical complaints say exhaust fumes enter the cabins while the Explorers are operating at full throttle, such as when going uphill or merging onto freeways. Owners of the 2011-2015 Ford Explorers also say the fumes can be triggered by turning on the air conditioning in recirculation mode.

The smells have led to headaches, nausea, and concerns of carbon monoxide poisoning.

NHTSA says nearly 639,000 model year 2011-2015 Ford Explorer SUVs are included in the investigation.