In response to potential fuel injector cracks that might result in fires, Ford Motor Co. (F.N) recalls almost 519,000 sport utility vehicles (SUVs) in the United States. The business also suggests that owners have their cars inspected.
The 3 cylinder, 1.5 liter Bronco Sport and Escape SUVs from the 2020–2023, according to America’s No. 2 carmaker by sales, are subject to the recall. Due to the potential for an oil separator housing to crack, develop a leak, and cause an engine fire, several of these vehicles were also recalled in April.
According to Ford, a damaged fuel injector might result in a buildup of fuel or fuel vapor under the hood of the vehicle and a fire. Ford reported receiving 54 reports of 1.5 liter under-hood fires altogether, four of which involved damaged fuel injectors. A fuel injector leak likely contributed to about 13 other crashes.
The recall is not associated with any fatalities.Ford claimed that it is not advising owners to cease driving recalled vehicles. Fuel injectors with exterior leakage are expected to fail with a low failure rate, according to the manufacturer.
The injectors will be examined by dealers, who may decide to replace them. Injectors with cracks will now be covered under warranties for up to 15 years, according to Ford.
Dealers will update the engine control software on the cars so that it can recognize a cracked injector. A notice on the dashboard will instruct drivers to get service. Additionally, Ford added, if there is a pressure decrease in the injectors, engine power will be reduced to reduce risk and allow drivers to halt in a secure area and call for help.
Ford claimed that because the failure rate that results in leaks is low—an estimated 0.38% for models made in 2020 and 0.22% for those made in 2021 to 2022—it is not replacing the injectors. 15 years or 150,000 miles are covered by the rate (240,000 kilometers).