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Ford Explorer

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An SUV produced by Ford since 1991. From 2000-2010 a pickup truck version called the Explorer Sport Trac was produced.

The 1991 Explorer was #2 on USA Today's "25 cars that made a difference" list (Cars, trucks with impact, 2007)

Magazine covers include:  The Social Dealership (February 2012 - white 2011)

History

The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's Ford Explorer page on 14 January 2016, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

The Ford Explorer is a mid-size sport utility vehicle produced by the American manufacturer Ford since 1991, but in 2012 it was redesigned as a Crossover SUV'. The Ford Explorer became one of the most popular sport utility vehicles on the road. The model years 1991 through 2010 were traditional body-on-frame, mid-size SUVs. For the 2011 model year, Ford moved the Explorer to a more modern unibody, full-size crossover SUV/ platform, the same Volvo-derived platform the Ford Flex and Ford Taurus use although with significantly greater ground clearance. It is slotted between the traditional body-on-frame, full-size Ford Expedition and the mid-size CUV Ford Edge. Although outwardly similar, the fifth generation Explorer, Ford Edge and Ford Escape do not share platforms. The fifth generation Explorer does, however, share platforms with the Ford Flex and Lincoln MKT.

The original Explorer has also been involved in controversy, after a spate of fatal rollover accidents in the 1990s involving Explorers fitted with Firestone tires.

Both two-door Explorer Sport and four-door models of Explorer have been sold. Part-time four-wheel drive is an available option, and since 1995 this has been a 'shift on the fly' system with full protection against being engaged at high speed. A specially modified Special Service Vehicle version is also available from Ford Fleet for law enforcement agencies, fire departments, and EMS agencies. Explorer was also the name of a trim package offered on the Ford F-Series trucks from 1968 to 1986. The 2011 Ford Explorer was named North American Truck of the Year.


Photographs

Ford Explorer Photo courtesy of Public-domain-photos.com
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Ford Explorer Photo ©2009 Bill Crittenden
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Illinois State Police Ford Explorer Illinois State Police
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DuPage County Security Ford Explorer DuPage County Security
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DuPage County Security Ford Explorer DuPage County Security
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McHenry County Conservation District Police Ford Explorer McHenry County Conservation District Police
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McHenry County Conservation District Police Ford Explorer McHenry County Conservation District Police
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McHenry Police Department Command Unit Ford Explorer McHenry Police Department
Command Unit
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McHenry Police Department Command Unit Ford Explorer McHenry Police Department
Command Unit
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Ford Explorer "Boss 72"

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Note from Bill:  This is an excellent example of a vanity license plate that gets transferred from one vehicle to something that it doesn't match.  We can only speculate the reasons, but it does look odd when it's seen.
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Ford Explorer Homer Tree Care
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Chicago O'Hare International Airport Ford Explorer Chicago O'Hare International Airport
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Antioch Police Department Ford Explorer Antioch Police Department
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2012 Nostalgia Auto Show
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Ford Explorer - Woodstock Fire Rescue District Shift Commander Woodstock Fire Rescue District Shift Commander
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2012 Remember Our Heroes Car Show
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2012 Ford Explorer 2012
2012 New York International Auto Show
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McHenry County College Police Department Ford Explorer McHenry County College Police Department
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McHenry County College Police Department Ford Explorer McHenry County College Police Department
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Schaumburg Police Ford Explorer Schaumburg Police

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Morton Grove Police Ford Explorer Morton Grove Police Department

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Morton Grove Police Ford Explorer Morton Grove Police Department

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Documents

DateDocument Name & DetailsDocuments
classified date 2001Special Crash Investigation Report
Case Vehicle: Ford Explorer Sport, 4 x 2, 2-door SUV
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 5.0MB - 102 pages
August 2003On Site Infant Safety Seat Investigation / Vehicle to Vehicle
1994 Ford Explorer
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 2,455KB - 22 pages
February 1998On-Site Air Bag Investigation
Vehicle - 1995 Ford Explorer XL
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 2,433KB - 23 pages
February 1997Calspan On-Site Driver Air Bag Fatality Investigation
Vehicle: 1996 Ford Explorer
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 258KB - 28 pages
April 1998Calspan On-Site Air Bag/Child Fatality Investigation
Vehicle: 1997 Ford Explorer
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 288KB - 16 pages
September 1998Veridian On-Site Air Bag Related Child Passenger Fatality Investigation
Vehicle: 1997 Ford Explorer
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 212KB - 16 pages
July 2003On-Site Adult Air Bag-Related Fatality Investigation
Vehicle - 1997 Ford Explorer XL
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 1,904KB - 17 pages
May 2005Calspan On-Site Potential Safety-Related Defect Crash Investigation
Vehicle: 1997 Ford Explorer
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 292KB - 9 pages
June 2005Calspan On-Site Potential Safety-Related Defect Crash Investigation
Vehicle: 1997 Ford Explorer
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 268KB - 9 pages
December 1997Remote Redesigned Air Bag Report
Vehicle - 1998 Ford Explorer XL
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 290KB - 8 pages
June 1998Veridian Remote Redesigned Air Bag Injury Investigation
SCI Technical Summary Report
Vehicle - 1998 Ford Explorer
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 185KB - 8 pages
July 1998Redesigned Air Bag Special Study (RABSS)
SCI Technical Summary Report
RABSS Vehicle - 1998 Ford Explorer XL
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 156KB - 10 pages
October 1998Remote, Redesigned Air Bag Special Study
1998 Ford Explorer
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 440KB - 9 pages
November 1998Remote, Redesigned Air Bag Special Study
1998 Ford Explorer compact utility vehicle
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 438KB - 9 pages
July 2005Calspan On-Site Potential Safety-Related Defect Crash Investigation
Vehicle: 1998 Ford Explorer
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 200KB - 10 pages
October 2007Calspan On-Site Child Safety Seat Fatality Investigation
Graco Snug Ride Child Safety Seat
Vehicle: 1998 Ford Explorer
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 466KB - 18 pages
classified date 1998In-depth Vehicle Occupant Report
1998 Ford Explorer
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 11.7MB - 106 pages
classified date 2005Special Crash Investigation Report
Case Vehicle: 1998 Ford Explorer Sport, 4x2, 2-door SUV
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 6.1MB - 84 pages
classified date 2004Special Crash Investigation Report
Case Vehicle: 1998 Ford Explorer XL Sport, 2-door SUV
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 5.5MB - 94 pages
September 1999Redesigned Air Bag Special Study (RABSS)
SCI Technical Summary Report
RABSS Vehicle - 1999 Ford Explorer XLT 4X4
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 222KB - 9 pages
classified date 2000Special Crash Investigation Report
Case Vehicle: 1999 Ford Explorer Sport, 2-door SUV
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 37.0MB - 98 pages
March 2006Calspan On-Site Child Safety Seat Crash Investigation
Graco Snug Ride Rear Facing Child Safety Seat
Vehicle: 2000 Ford Explorer
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 414KB - 14 pages
May 2007On Site ODI Tire Tread Separation / Rollover Investigation
1999 Ford Explorer XLT
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 1,273KB - 12 pages
classified date 2000Special Crash Investigation Report
Case Vehicle: 2000 Ford Explorer XLS, 4-door 4x4
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 39.3MB - 101 pages
classified date 2000Special Crash Investigation Report
Case Vehicle: 2000 Ford Explorer XLS, 4-door 4x4
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 57.9MB - 121 pages
September 2000Veridian On-Site Seat Belt Investigation
Vehicle: 2000 Ford Explorer XLS Sport
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 450KB - 27 pages
April 2001Veridian On-Site Air Bag Non-Deployment Investigation
Vehicle - 2000 Ford Explorer XLS 4X4
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 348KB - 14 pages
June 2008Calspan Remote Hyperthermia Death Investigation
Not-in-Traffic Surveillance
Vehicle: 2000 Ford Explorer XLT
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 591KB - 20 pages
classified date 2006Special Crash Investigation Report
Case Vehicle: 2000 Ford Explorer XLT, 4x4, 4-door SUV
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 10.7MB - 110 pages
classified date 2003Special Crash Investigation Report
Case Vehicle: 2001 Ford Explorer Sport, 4 x 2, 2-door SUV
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 6.1MB - 110 pages
July 2003General Dynamics Remote Side Impact Inflatable Occupant Protection Investigation
Vehicle: 2002 Ford Explorer
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 185KB - 15 pages
February 2004Calspan On-Site Side Impact Inflatable Occupant Protection Investigation
Vehicle: 2002 Ford Explorer
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 268KB - 16 pages
classified date 2002Special Crash Investigation Report
Case Vehicle: 2002 Ford Explorer Sport, 4 x 2, 2-door SUV
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 4.4MB - 97 pages
classified date 2003Special Crash Investigation Report
Case Vehicle: 2002 Ford Explorer Sport, 4 x 4, 2-door SUV
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 8.4MB - 111 pages
classified date 2003Special Crash Investigation Report
Case Vehicle: 2002 Ford Explorer XLT, 4-door, SUV
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 3.8MB - 116 pages
January 2003On-Site Child Safety Seat Investigation
Vehicle - 2003 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 3,271KB - 25 pages
11 September 2003Safety Compliance Testing for FMVSS No. 110(Indicant): Tire Selection and Rims
2003 Ford Explorer, MPV
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 1.4MB - 28 pages
March 2004General Dynamics On-Site Side Impact Inflatable Occupant Protection Investigation
Subject Vehicle - 2003 Ford Explorer
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 232KB - 19 pages
November 2004Calspan Remote Adult Air Bag Related Serious Injury Crash Investigation
Vehicle: 2004 Ford Explorer
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 261KB - 14 pages
September 2005Calspan On-Site Side Impact Inflatable Occupant Protection Investigation
Subject Vehicle - 2005 Ford Explorer
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 358KB - 12 pages
June 2006Calspan Remote Rollover Crash Investigation
Vehicle: 2006 Ford Explorer
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 240KB - 11 pages
September 2007Calspan Remote Rollover Crash Investigation
Vehicle: 2006 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 375KB - 12 pages
April 2008On-Site Rollover Investigation
2006 Ford Explorer
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 1,615KB - 12 pages
June 2008Side Curtain Air Bag Investigation
2006 Ford Explorer
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 1,845KB - 13 pages
July 2008Calspan On-Site Rollover Crash Investigation
Vehicle: 2007 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 1,168KB - 15 pages
19 November 2009Safety Compliance Testing for FMVSS 126: Electronic Stability Control Systems
2009 Ford Explorer 4DR Eddie Bauer 4x2
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 11.7MB - 66 pages
December 2009On-Site Rollover Investigation
2007 Ford Explorer XLT
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 1,025KB - 35 pages
11 May 2011Safety Compliance Testing for FMVSS 201: Occupant Protection in Interior Impact, Upper Interior Head Impact Protection
2011 Ford Explorer XLT FWD
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 8.1MB - 169 pages
18 May 2011Safety Compliance Testing for FMVSS 214: Dynamic Side Impact Protection (Rigid Pole)
2011 Ford Explorer SUV
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 5.0MB - 116 pages
21 June 2011Safety Compliance Testing for FMVSS No. 114: Theft Protection
2011 XLT Ford Explorer, Truck
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 3.5MB - 25 pages
December 2011Calspan On-Site Inflatable Safety Belt Crash Investigation
Vehicle: 2012 Ford Explorer
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 2.9MB - 47 pages


Article Index

DateArticleAuthor/Source
13 January 1994Ford Motor Company; Receipt of Petition for Determination of Inconsequential NoncomplianceFederal Register: NHTSA (Barry Felrice)
24 February 1998Denial of Motor Vehicle Defect PetitionFederal Register: NHTSA (Kenneth N. Weinstein)
12 February 2002NHTSA Denies Firestone Request For Ford Explorer InvestigationNHTSA
16 May 2006Ford Explorer Gets New TechnologiesChuck Smith
10 March 2009All About The 1995 Ford ExplorerRobert Bell


Merchandise

Type & Item #NameDetails
Die Cast - Muscle Machines 81111Trash Truck1:64 scale, Monster Garage, Modified 1st Generation White w/silver flames
Model Kit - AMT 89681996 Ford Explorer 4x41:25 scale
Die Cast 2-pack - Road & Track 15085Deluxe SUV #2Small scale Dark Blue Ford Escape & Dark Green Ford Explorer
Die Cast - Motor Max 73601Ford ExplorerSuper Wheels, small scale, Beige




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