Ford Motor Co is recalling 634,000 sport utility autos (SUVs) worldwide over fireplace dangers from attainable cracked gas injectors and can urge house owners to have their vehicles inspected, it stated on Thursday.
America’s No.2 automaker by gross sales stated the recall covers 2020-2023 mannequin 12 months Bronco Sport and Escape SUVs with 3 cylinder, 1.5 liter engines, together with many additionally recalled in April as a result of an oil separator housing may crack and develop a leak that would trigger an engine fireplace. Autos repaired underneath the sooner recall will nonetheless want the brand new recall repair, the Nationwide Freeway Visitors Security Administration stated.
Ford stated when engines within the SUVs coated by the most recent recall are working, a cracked gas injector may trigger gas or gas vapor to build up close to scorching surfaces, doubtlessly leading to fireplace underneath the hood.
As soon as repairs can be found sellers will replace car software program to detect whether or not a gas injector is cracked and supply a dashboard message to alert drivers.
“If a stress drop within the gas rail is detected, engine energy will mechanically be lowered to attenuate any danger, whereas additionally permitting clients to drive to a protected location and cease the car and prepare for service,” Ford added.
Sellers will even set up a tube draining gas from the cylinder head and away from scorching surfaces and examine for extreme gas odor close to the highest of the engine.
The recall covers about 520,000 autos in the US and about 114,000 in different international locations.
Ford stated it has 54 complete reviews of 1.5 liter under-hood fires, together with 4 with cracked gas injectors. About 13 others had been most likely attributable to a leaking gas injector.
There are not any deaths linked to the recall.
Ford stated it isn’t telling house owners to cease driving autos underneath this recall. The corporate tasks a low failure fee for gas injectors experiencing exterior leaks.