Ford Motor Co is recalling 634,000 sport utility vehicles worldwide due to fire risks from possible cracked fuel injectors and is urging owners to have their cars inspected.
The U.S.’s No.2-selling automaker said the recall covers model year 2020-2023 Bronco Sport and Escape SUVs with 1.5-liter 3-cylinder engines, many of which were also recalled in April because an oil separator housing could crack and develop a leak that could cause an engine fire.
Vehicles repaired under the previous recall will still require the new recall fix, the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said.
Ford said when the engines of SUVs covered by the latest recall are running, a cracked fuel injector could cause fuel or fuel vapor to build up near hot surfaces, potentially leading to an underhood fire.
Once repairs are available, dealers will update vehicle software to detect if a fuel injector is cracked and provide an in-dash message to alert drivers.
“If a pressure drop in the fuel rail is detected, engine power will automatically be reduced to minimize any risk, while allowing customers to drive to a safe location, stop the vehicle and take provisions for maintenance,” Ford added.
Dealers will also install a tube to drain fuel from the cylinder head and away from hot surfaces and check for excessive fuel smell near the top of the engine.
The recall affects approximately 520,000 vehicles in the United States and approximately 114,000 in other countries.
Ford said it has 54 total reports of 1.5-liter underhood fires, including four with cracked fuel injectors.
Another 13 or so were likely caused by a leaking fuel injector.
There are no deaths related to the recall.
Ford said it is not telling owners to stop driving vehicles under this recall.
The company predicts a low failure rate for fuel injectors with external leaks.
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