More than 634,000 Ford SUVs are being recalled worldwide, after it was discovered that a cracked fuel injector could spill fuel or leak vapors onto a hot engine resulting in car fires.
The recall from Ford Motor Co. covers Bronco Sport and Escape SUVs from the 2020 through 2023 model years. All vehicles affected by the recall have 1.5-liter, three-cylinder engines.
Ford announced the recall on Thursday, saying it does not recommend owners stop driving the vehicles or park them outdoors as the fires have been rare and don’t occur when the engine is off.
However, there have been 20 fires, three that ignited nearby structures, reported to the car manufacturer. Four claims of fires occurring less than five minutes after the engines were turned off were also reported.
Jim Azzouz, Ford’s director of customer experience, shared that currently, there are no repairs available for the recall. However, Ford shared that owners should service with a preferred dealer once they are.
Owners will be notified when a repair is made available starting on Dec. 19. Once received, vehicles can be taken to a dealer, where they will provide a free loaner, or they can get free pickup and delivery.
SUVs will have their injectors inspected and replaced if needed. The car company said it is also extending warranties for up to 15 years or 150,000 miles to cover cracked fuel injectors.
Ford said that dealers will update the SUVs’ engine-control software, allowing it to detect cracked injectors and, if need be, cut the engine power to minimize risk of fire. This will allow for drivers to get to a safe location to stop and call for service, Ford shared.
The recall and replacement of the injectors is not due to the failure rate, as it remains low, with an estimated 0.38% for 2020 models having failures, along with 0.22% for 2021 to 2022 models.
To see if your vehicle qualifies for the recall, fill out Ford’s form on their website.