Ford is recalling 634,000 sport utility vehicles (SUVs) worldwide due to the risk of fire caused by cracked fuel injectors and will ask owners to have their cars inspected, the company said Thursday. Brazil is not among the affected countries.
The automaker said the recall covers model year Bronco Sport and Escape SUVs between 2020 and 2023 with 3-cylinder 1.5-liter engines. The recall includes many vehicles that have already been recalled in April related to the oil separator housing, which could crack and leak, causing an engine fire.
Vehicles repaired in the previous recall still need to undergo the new recall, the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said.
Ford said that when the engines of SUVs covered by the latest recall are running, a cracked fuel injector can cause fuel or fuel vapor to collect near hot surfaces, potentially resulting in a fire under the hood.
Once repairs are available, dealers will update the vehicle’s software to detect if a fuel injector is cracked and provide a message on the dashboard to alert drivers.
“If a drop in fuel pressure is detected, engine power will automatically be reduced to minimize any risk, as well as allowing customers to drive to a safe location, stop the vehicle and arrange for service,” added Ford.
The recall covers about 520,000 vehicles in the United States and about 114,000 in other countries.
Ford said it has received 54 fire reports, including four involving cracked fuel injectors. About 13 more were likely caused by a leaking fuel injector.
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