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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
63,572 miles

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2008 Ford Explorer Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #22

Feb 092016

Explorer 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 78,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Ford Explorer. The contact stated that the driver's seat moved out of position while the vehicle was in motion. The electronic function worked to move the seat forward and backward, but the seat failed to remain stationary while driving. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The approximate failure mileage was 78,000.....updated 08/29/16 updated 08/30/16.

- Florien, LA, USA

problem #21

Apr 042016


  • 61,000 miles
In my 2008 Ford Explorer eddie bauer, while driving, stopped or backing at any time if the keys in the ignition get jiggled, if by bump in road or by knee, the power driver seat moves backwards. There is a feature called easy entry where the seat moves completely back to allow you to exit the vehicle easier, the problem is with the ignition area the area where the key is inserted to start the vehicle it becomes loose over time and as a result the sensor in there for the easy entry is compromised. When the keys get jiggled, on accident or on purpose the seats move, it is very dangerous for it to happen while driving. The seat moves back so far that no one can reach the petals to operate the vehicle. This should be on recall it is very dangerous for short or tall people. It could cause many many accidents and many many injuries. If needed I can provide video of this happening.

- Morgantown, PA, USA

problem #20

Feb 262016


  • 100,000 miles
Sometimes while driving, driver's powered seat moves back.

- Detroit, MI, USA

problem #19

Nov 082015


  • 71,000 miles


While stationary, when the key is put in the ignition to start the vehicle, sometimes the power seat will go backwards and the interior dome lights go on. Last night, while driving between 30 to 50 mph, the seat moved backwards and the interior dome lights came on. This is dangerous as I couldn't reach the pedals. I had to move the seat forward with the seat adjuster buttons while the vehicle was in motion down the highway. This continued on and off four times in a span of 2 miles. Finally, I pulled to the side of the road and shut the engine off. I restarted the engine and drove home without the seat moving again, but I kept my hand down by the seat adjustment button the whole way home. This problem happens a lot when the vehicle is stationary. This is the third time this has happened in the past year while the vehicle was moving. Twice this vehicle was in for repair, but the dealership can't find the problem. They have replaced the seat motor once.

- Elkhart, IN, USA

problem #18

Oct 012014


  • 44,000 miles
Several times, while driving, the drivers seat moved independently backwards at various speeds. The vehicle was stopped safely. Two dealerships didn't have any reference to this problem, wanted to perform diagnostic analysis and requested the NHTSA website that was mentioned. This web site provided clues to possible remedy the problem. The vehicles easy entry/exit feature moves the drivers seat backwards to allow the driver easy entry/exit from the vehicle. This feature is the possible fault and was disabled. To test this disabling concept and still drive the vehicle safely several pieces of wood was placed on the floor between the front and middle row seats. The wood limits backward movement of the drivers seat to one half inch from the normal driving position. Vehicle control is still maintained from this slightly back position should the easy entry/exit feature not be the cause of the unintended seat movement. A year of driving, with the easy entry/exit feature disabled, the seat has not malfunctioned. Feel confident that this disabling concept solved the problem. Will still drive with wood in place as insurance.

- Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #17

Apr 302015


  • 80,416 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Ford Explorer. While driving approximately 70 mph over a bump, the brake pedal was applied and the front driver side power seat independently moved backwards. The vehicle was maneuvered to the side of the road with caution. The failure recurred when driving over a bump or an uneven road surface. The vehicle was towed to the dealer, who stated that the ignition switch would need to be replaced. In addition, the exhaust manifold would also needed to be replaced. The vehicle was schedule to be repaired. The manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 80,416.

- Warren, MI, USA

problem #16

Nov 012014


  • 56,000 miles


I purchased this truck in Sept 2014 about 2 months after I purchased it, as I was driving the dome lights go on and the seat moves back as it does when it lets you out. It will do this more so with one set of our keys then the other. It's continually getting worse. It will sometimes happen 1-15 times in a car trip.I have almost gotten into an accident a number of times because of this. I have visited my dealer who has estimated about $500 in repairs and was amazed when he seen this going on. He stated he never seen anything like this and probably wouldn't have believed me if he didn't see it with his own also happens every time you hit a bump and now I fear my car shutting off because it thinks I'm getting out by moving my seat back and turning the lights on which my dealer says is a good possibility.I drive with 2 small children in this vehicle daily. I've researched online a seen a good amount of the same complaints, how can this not be a safety recall"? are you going to wait for someone to die to recall it?" and if you need to see it for yourself my truck will do this without fail for any technician. It's a lot of money for a repair that I don't feel we should have to make. When you purchase a vehicle for that amount of money it should be safe to drive! wear and tare is one thing safety should be at the expense of the manufacture. I think I can speak for most people that the number one quality you look for when purchasing a vehicle is safety & reliability.

- Depew, NY, USA

problem #15

Feb 022015


  • 66,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Ford Explorer. The contact stated that when driving over a bump, the front drivers side seat was unsecured and was moving from side to side. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who diagnosed that the track was offline and that the track needed to be repaired. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 66,000.

- Fairfield, CA, USA

problem #14

Sep 012014

Explorer 4WD 8-cyl

  • 100,000 miles
I was driving my 2008 Explorer at about 30-40 mph. All of a sudden the interior lights pop on, the drivers seat goes all the way back, and this all happened when I was driving. How can this not be a recall"?" this has obviously happened to a ton of other people and is probably one of the most unsafe things to ever happen inside a running vehicle. If my wife was to drive my truck, and this happens, she would have lost control of the truck and possibly injured herself or one of my kids. Something must be done. Calling Ford and rectifying this.

- West Warwick, RI, USA

problem #13

Mar 122015

Explorer 6-cyl

  • 93,000 miles
The passenger seat in our 2008 Ford Explorer started on fire, likely from the seat heater. This resulted in massive fire damage to the car, and fortunately there was no one in the vehicle and it was parked in the driveway. Please look into faulty seat heating elements.

- Bartlett, IL, USA

problem #12

Jan 082015

Explorer 4WD 6-cyl

  • 54,287 miles


The eddie bauer edition of this vehicle is equipped with a moving seat to allow you to enter and exit. In either 2012 or 2013 I reported it to the dana motors Ford dealer that while driving the drivers seat moves back while on the expressways that are slightly bumpy and while on major streets within the city. The last occurrence was this past weekend in front of my home while exiting my driveway, again during a right hand turn, and again on the interstate 278 headed West bound toward brooklyn, NY. It does reset when you tap on the key while it is in the ignition but recurs after driving over slightly rough roadway and changing lanes.

- Staten Island, NY, USA

problem #11

Dec 062014

Explorer 4WD 8-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
Ran over a slight bump after which the dome lights came on and the driver's seat moved all the way back simultaneously. After a few minutes the lights went out but I had to manually move the seat back forward. This same situation happened again about 5 minutes later. Both the dealer and Ford customer care people said they had never heard of this problem before, although I see numerous complaints on the internet about the same problem and that they had reported it to the company.

- Hagerstown, MA, USA

problem #10

Oct 062014

Explorer 4WD 6-cyl

  • 63,256 miles
While after going over a bump or uneven ground, key fob will rock back and forth slightly, which is normal, but the ignition on this vehicle is malfunctioning. This fob motion triggers the courtesy features of the seat, which flies back and lowers at the same time( because it senses the ignition is being turned off). The interior lights also come on, because it senses the ignition is being turned off. This is a huge hazard to the driver and occupants and either action ca cause a loss of control. As a former Ford technician, I was able to pinpoint the source of the problem, and promptly called Ford Motor Company and reported the issue. I let them know I was a former Ford technician as well. The woman on the other end of the line said shes " never heard of that problem being reported " this issue is all oer the internet in the Ford forums......not impressed with Ford response to this obvious and serious safety issue.

- Gansevoort, NY, USA

problem #9

Jan 112014

Explorer 4WD 6-cyl

  • 101,000 miles
When driving over a bump in the road my seats go back, the lights come on and the key comes partly out of the ignition. This has been going on for months now and luckily I haven't had an accident. I have to push the key back into the ignition while trying to keep my foot on the pedal because of the seat going back I am too far from the pedal.

- Randolph, MA, USA

problem #8

Feb 022014


  • 72,000 miles
While driving, the driver power seat starts to move backwards and forward, dome lights came on like if when I turn off the car. But the car is on and moving. And then two occasions while on the freeway driving the vehicle turned off. Pulled over and restarted the car and it turned on like if nothing happened. I had taken the vehicle to the dealer several times they have run diagnostic test and are not able to find any thing wrong.done some research on line and found more people with same issue. Extremely dangerous!!! do not feel safe driving especially in traffic. Its an accident waiting to happen.

- Paramount, CA, USA

problem #7

Sep 192013


  • 83,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Ford Explorer. The contact stated that while driving 35 mph, the seat moved backward without manual force. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 83,000.

- Hewitt, NJ, USA

problem #6

May 282012


  • 48,000 miles
Driving at speed, in traffic, another car cut me off, when hit the horn and started brake - the driver seat suddenly moved backwards. This has happen at least 8 times, the dealer seem to understand the seriousness of driving and the driver seat moving backwards to where I can barely touch the pedals. I purchased the vehicle in may with approx 46K miles.

- Herndon , VA, USA

problem #5

Sep 012011


  • 19,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Ford Explorer. The contact stated that the electronic adjuster for the driver's seat failed. The driver side seat would move backward and forward independently while the contact was driving. In addition, the interior overhead light failed and constantly remained illuminated. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer nor repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 19,000 and the current mileage was 20,000.

- Gansevoort, NY, USA

problem #4

Nov 162011

Explorer 6-cyl

  • 74,523 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Ford Explorer. The contact stated that the front driver side seat slid backward while driving 2 mph over a road bump. The contact also stated that the seat slid backward on a separate occasion upon starting the vehicle. The vehicle was not taken to have the failure diagnosed or repaired. The failure and current mileages were 74,523. Updated 12/16/11

- Port Charlotte, FL, USA

problem #3

Mar 012008

Explorer 6-cyl

  • 100 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Ford Explorer. The contact stated that the seat would move forward or backwards while the vehicle was in motion and his knee would touch the ignition switch. In March 2008, the dealer repaired the ignition switch and assured the contact that this would correct the failure; however, the seat continued to move when the ignition switch was touched. The manufacturer was aware of the failure. The current mileage was 67,524. The approximate failure mileage was 100.... updated 09/15/11 updated 09/21/11

- Chincoteague Island, VA, USA

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