The most recent recalls for the Ford Explorer SUV as of September 2015 involve three large recalls for issues with interior door handles, power steering defects and potentially leaky gas tanks. These recalls primarily involve vehicles from the 2011 to 2013 model years. Explorers are not among the Ford vehicles currently affected by the Takata airbag recall.
A large-scale recall due to potentially leaky fuel tanks was issued for 465,000 Ford and Lincoln vehicles including both the 2013 Ford Explorer and the Police Interceptor Utility variant of the SUV in June 2013. Ford stated that the leak could result in either a detectable odor of fuel in or around the vehicle or an accumulation of fuel on the ground under affected Explorers. Though the recall was issued largely because of the potential fire danger these leaks posed, Ford did not know of any fires or accidents linked to the defect at the time of the recall.
Another large recall affecting the 2011, 2012 and 2013 Explorer along with other Ford vehicles was announced in May 2014. This recall was due to a defect in an electronic torque sensor that could cause one of the 1.1 million affected vehicles to lose power steering while in motion. Unlike the earlier fuel tank recall, Ford suspected at least 15 accidents and two minor injuries were probably related to this power steering defect in affected Explorers as of the time of the recall.