Ford is recalling 634,000 sport utility vehicles (SUVs) worldwide due to a fire risk from cracked fuel injectors and will ask owners to have their cars inspected, the company said Thursday.
The automaker said the recall affects model year 2020 to 2023 Bronco Sport and Escape SUVs with 1.5-liter 3-cylinder engines. The recall includes many vehicles that already had a recall in April related to their oil separator housing, which could crack and leak, causing an engine fire.
Vehicles fixed in the previous recall have yet to go through the new recall, the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said.
Ford said that when the engines of the SUVs covered by the latest recall are running, a broken fuel injector can cause fuel or fuel vapors to build up near hot surfaces, potentially starting an under-hood fire.
Once repairs are available, dealerships will update the vehicle’s software to detect if a fuel injector is broken and provide a dashboard message to alert drivers.
“If a drop in fuel pressure is detected, engine power will automatically be reduced to minimize any risk, as well as enabling customers to drive to a safe location, stop the vehicle and arrange for service,” Ford added. .
The recall affects approximately 520,000 vehicles in the United States and approximately 114,000 in other countries.
Ford said it has received 54 reports of fires, including four involving cracked fuel injectors. About 13 more were likely caused by a leaking fuel injector.
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