Ford Explorer owners continue to report exhaust smell in cabin
A recent media report identified 450 complaints in the NHTSA database, a three-fold increase over the 150 complaints that prompted an ongoing inquiry.
The Ford Explorer has received renewed attention for complaints of apparent exhaust fumes inside the cabin.
Feds probe exhaust fumes filling Ford Explorer
Nathan Bomey , USA TODAY
U.S. auto-safety regulators are investigating the possibility that exhaust fumes are leaking into certain versions of the Ford Explorer sport-utility vehicle.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration launched a probe into the matter in July after receiving 154 complaints of "occupants smelling exhaust odors in the occupant compartment, some of which expressed concerns about exposure to carbon monoxide," according to a government document.
The NHTSA investigation covers 2011 to 2015 Explorers.
But CBS News reported Monday that the number of complaints has mushroomed to more than 450, including 2016 and 2017 models. The news organization also reported that Ford recently agreed to settle a class-action lawsuit involving the alleged defect in a case filed in Florida.