Ford Motor Company is recalling over 634,000 SUVs globally because a faulty fuel injector might cause fires by leaking gasoline or fumes onto a heated engine.
The recall affects Bronco Sport and Escape SUVs from the model years 2020 to 2023. All feature three-cylinder 1.5-liter engines. The carmaker from Dearborn, Michigan, stated Thursday that it does not suggest owners cease driving the vehicles or park them outside because fires are uncommon and often do not occur while the engines are off.
However, Ford has received twenty complaints of flames, three of which have burnt surrounding structures. The business also reported four fires that were discovered within five minutes of the engines being shut off. Ford has also received four injury claims unrelated to burns and 43 legal claims related to the issue.
Once repairs become available, owners should arrange service with a recommended dealer, according to a statement from Jim Azzouz, executive director of customer experience. Owners will be contacted by mail beginning on December 19.
Owners may bring their SUVs to the dealer and receive a free loaner, or they can receive free delivery or pickup.
Dealers will examine the injectors and, if required, replace them. Ford also claims to be extending fuel injector warranty coverage to up to 15 years.
The engine-control software will be updated by dealers to identify a broken injector. Drivers will receive a dashboard notification to obtain service. Also, if there is a reduction in injector pressure, engine power will be interrupted to reduce danger and let drivers to reach a safe spot to contact for servicing, according to Ford.
They will also install a tube to drain fuel away from hot surfaces from the cylinder head.
Ford stated that it will not replace the injectors because the failure rate that results in leaks is low, estimated at 0.38 percent for 2020 models and 0.22 percent for 2021 to 2022 models. The rate is valid for 15 years or 150,000 miles driven.