DEARBORN, Mich. — Ford Motor Co. is recalling over 634,000 SUVs worldwide as a result of a cracked gasoline injector can spill gasoline or leak vapors onto a scorching engine and trigger fires.
The recall covers Bronco Sport and Escape SUVs from the 2020 via 2023 mannequin years. All have 1.5-liter, three-cylinder engines.
The Dearborn, Michigan, automaker stated Thursday it is not recommending that homeowners cease driving the automobiles or park them open air as a result of fires are uncommon and usually do not occur when the engines are off.
However Ford stated it has obtained 20 studies of fires, together with three that ignited close by constructions. The corporate additionally stated it has 4 claims of fires that had been observed lower than 5 minutes after the engines had been turned off. Ford additionally has 4 damage claims not involving burns, and 43 authorized claims attributed to the issue.
Repairs aren’t but accessible, however as soon as they’re, homeowners ought to schedule service with a most popular vendor, Jim Azzouz, government director of buyer expertise, stated in an announcement. Homeowners can be notified by letter beginning Dec. 19.
Homeowners can take their SUVs to the vendor and get a free loaner, or they’ll get free pickup and supply.
Sellers will examine the injectors and change them if essential. Ford additionally says it is extending warranties to cowl cracked gasoline injectors for as much as 15 years.
Sellers will replace the automobiles’ engine-control software program so it detects a cracked injector. Drivers will get a dashboard message to get service. Additionally, if there is a stress drop within the injectors, engine energy can be reduce to attenuate threat and let drivers get to a protected location to cease and name for service, Ford stated.
They will additionally set up a tube to empty gasoline from the cylinder head and away from scorching surfaces.
Ford stated it is not changing the injectors as a result of the failure price that causes leaks is low, an estimated 0.38% for 2020 fashions and 0.22% for 2021 to 2022 fashions. The speed is for 15 years or 150,000 miles (240,000 kilometers).