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NHTSA Defect Investigations for the 1996 Ford Explorer

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 1996 Ford Explorer, both ongoing and closed, are listed below:

  1. INVESTIGATION: ELECTRICAL FIRE IN CENTER CONSOLE

    NHTSA Preliminary Evaluation #PE97010

    • Status:
      CLOSED
    • Date Opened: March 13, 1997
    • Date Closed: September 04, 1997
    • Recall: No recall issued

    Component(s): Electrical System

    Summary: Allegedly, electrical fires originating in the center console while the vehicles were parked or being driven.

  2. INVESTIGATION: ACCELERATOR PEDAL

    NHTSA Preliminary Evaluation #PE99068

    • Status:
      CLOSED
    • Date Opened: November 01, 1999
    • Date Closed: March 09, 2000
    • Recall: No recall issued

    Component(s): Power Train

    Summary: There is no summary currently available

  3. INVESTIGATION: FRONT SUSPENSION STABILIZER BAR LINK

    NHTSA Preliminary Evaluation #PE00039

    Component(s): Suspension

    Summary: Alleged that one or both front stabilizer bar links break, contributing to vehicle oversteer and excessive suspension travel

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