Ford Explorer Dominates Quarterly Vehicle Safety Watch – July 17, 2018

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Ford Explorer Dominates Quarterly Vehicle Safety Watch – July 17, 2018


This quarter, the Ford Explorer dominated the Safety Institute’s Vehicle Safety Watch List claiming 4 of the Top 10 spots. The Honda Odyssey claimed 3. Topping the list for the second time this year is the 2016 Toyota Tundra relating to a 2017 recall for structural issues with the vehicles equipped with resin bumpers.

The 2016, 2015 and 2014 Ford Explorer was named numbers 8, 3 and 4 respectively on the list for concerns with carbon monoxide exhausts leaking into the cabin of the vehicle. Reportedly 3 crashes and over 40 injuries were linked to concerns of this type. No recall has been announced by Ford.

The 2012, 2015 and 2016 Honda Odyssey ranked numbers 6, 5 and 9 respectively on the safety watch list. Honda issued a recall in November 2017, expanding again in March 2018 with additional model years, related to a seatback failure. A manufacturing error may cause the 2nd row seat to remain in an unlocked position. This greatly increases the risk of injury in the event of a collision.

Remaining on the list since 2017 is the 2014/15 Jeep Grand Cherokee. These vehicles faced a large investigation and eventual recall regarding a confusing gear shift operation where drivers believe they have placed the vehicle in park. Upon exit, the vehicle may roll and crash into surround objects or people.

Read the entire press release here.

About The Safety Institute
The Safety Institute examines areas of injury prevention and product safety across a broad spectrum. The Institute bases its plans and priorities on issues that require greater study and emphasis, as well as those which may be underserved by other organizations and advocates. The Institute gives special attention to those areas of emerging importance to injury and product safety, including the effects of new and changing technologies.

About the Safety Watch List
The Quarterly Vehicle Safety Watch List, launched in 2014, is a product of the Institute’s Vehicle
Safety Watch List Analytics and the NHTSA Enforcement Monitoring Program. The Watch List is
compiled using on peer-reviewed analytic methods, with support from Quality Control Systems
Corp. These reports are intended to help the public recognize emerging problems in the U.S. fleet and
to identify continuing failures potentially associated with known problems.

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