Ford has issued a recall of more than half a million Bronco Sport and Escape SUVs to fix a faulty fuel injector.
The problem affects the 2020 through 2023 Escape and 2021 through 2023 Bronco Sport vehicles that have the 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine.
In its filings with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Ford said a fuel injector could crack, increasing the risk of an underhood fire.
Ford will recall 333,342 Escape and 188,436 Bronco Sport SUVs from the 2020 through 2023 model years over a risk of engine fire. The recall is related to a fuel injector that could crack, causing a potential fuel or fuel vapor leak that could lead to an underhood fire, Ford said. In filings with NHTSA, Ford said the driver should be attentive to notice any possible fuel smell "both outside and inside the vehicle" and, in case of a fire, could "notice smoke or flames" from the engine compartment or under the car.
The recall affects vehicles with the base models' 181-hp turbocharged 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine. No information was provided to NHTSA as to whether there have been incidents of fire in customers' vehicles.
Ford will install updated engine control software to notice and provide a message on the car's instrument panel if there is a drop in pressure in the fuel rail. Also as part of the recall, Ford said it will install a drain tube to let any leaked fuel drain from the cylinder head and avoid the fire risk. Owners will be notified of the recall in mid-December. In the meantime, they can check the NHTSA recalls site for information about the recall and to see if their vehicle is affected.
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