Dearborn, Michigan (AP) — Ford Motor Co. recalls over 634,000 SUVs worldwide. This is because a cracked fuel injector can spill fuel or leak steam into a hot engine, causing a fire.
The recall covers 2020-2023 Bronco Sport and Escape SUVs. Both are equipped with a 1.5-liter 3-cylinder engine.
The Dearborn, Michigan, automaker said Thursday that fires are rare and generally don’t occur when the engine is off, so it recommends that owners stop driving their vehicles or park them outside. said no.
But Ford said it had received 20 reports of fires, including three that set fire to nearby structures. The company also said he had four fire claims that he noticed within five minutes of shutting off the engine. Ford also has four of his personal injury claims that do not involve burns and 43 legal claims resulting from this issue.
Repairs are not yet available, but when they do, owners should schedule service with their preferred dealer, Jim Azus, executive director of customer experience, said in a statement. You will be notified by letter from the 19th.
Owners can bring their SUV to a dealership for free rental or free pickup and delivery.
The dealer will inspect the injectors and replace them if necessary. Ford also says it will extend the warranty to cover cracked fuel injectors for up to 15 years.
The dealer will update the vehicle’s engine control software to detect cracked injectors. The driver receives her message on the dashboard for service. Also, if injector pressure drops, engine power will be cut to minimize risk and allow drivers to stop in a safe place for repairs, Ford said. .
They also install tubes to drain the fuel from the cylinder head and keep it away from hot surfaces.
Ford says it has not replaced the injectors due to its low failure rate causing leaks, an estimated 0.38% for 2020 models and 0.22% for 2021-2022 models. The charge is he for 15 years or 150,000 miles (240,000 km).