Ford Explorer drivers report headaches, odd smells

Vehicles used by local law enforcement agencies

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – A popular SUV is under investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The NHTSA opened an investigation into the company last July. The administration found 154 complaints involving 2011-2015 Ford Explorers.

The complaints focused around odors in the occupant compartment and there was concern about exposure to carbon monoxide.

In a CBS investigation, a Newport Beach police officer was introduced.

He crashed his patrol vehicle after complaints of nausea and a headache.
News 6 wanted to find out how many of our law enforcement vehicles are Ford Explorers.
Turns out, there's quite a few.
The Orlando Police Department has 70  in its their fleet, though few fit in the 2011 - 2015 bracket.

Orange County Sheriff's Office also uses them in their fleet.Officials there are in touch with the department's Ford representative and are addressing the concern.

In Seminole County, 250 Ford Explorers are used in the fleet.
A spokesperson with Ford said the company isn't issuing any recalls, but it did issue a statement.

"We take the safety of our customers very seriously and are cooperating with NHTSA on the investigation, as we always do. In rare circumstances, there have been instances where customers detected an exhaust odor in Explorers. While we believe this poses no safety risk, Ford has not had an opportunity to inspect the Newport Beach Police Department vehicle that is the subject of a recent complaint. If customers have a concern with their vehicle, they are encouraged to contact their local Ford dealer".

There's no word on when the investigation will be complete.

More information about the investigation is available at: www.nhtsa.gov/vehicle/2011/FORD/EXPLORER/SUV/FWD#investigations.