If you feel déjà vu when you see a Ford sports car remind me, you are not wrong. The Broncos were recalled earlier this month problems with their backup camerasand earlier this spring, there was an engine oil leak a problem that could cause a fire. This time, Ford is recalling about 520,000 Bronco Sport and Ford Escape SUVs because they may have cracked fuel injectors that could increase the risk of under-hood fires.
A recall has been initiated after the manufacturer received 20 reports of fires related to the recall, a company spokesperson said, as reported by the Wall Street Journal. Some of the fires were severe enough to ignite nearby structures. According to the recall, it is likely that while the engine is running a a cracked fuel injector can cause fuel or vapor to build up near hot surfaces and light a fire. There have been no official reports of fatalities, but four non-burn-related injuries are associated with the recall.
Which Fords are being recalled?
The following Ford models and years are SUVs affected by the recall:
- Bronco Sport 2021
- Bronco Sport 2022
- Bronco Sport 2023
- Escape 2020
- Escape 2021
- Escape 2022
- Escape 2023
What to do if your Ford is recalled?
Unless you smell gas or smoke, Ford has said there is no “do not drive” mandate. Affected persons will be sent letters from 19 December 2022 with instructions to inspect the vehicle. Owners can take SUVs to their dealerships themselves, according to a CNN report. After taking it to the dealership for the recall, the engine management software will be updated to include a fuel injector leak detector that will alert the driver on the dashboard if a crack in the injector is detected. When that happens, drivers can safely pull over and call for service. They also install a drain pipe to direct fuel away from hot surfaces the owner is not paid.
If you have any questions about the recall, you can contact Ford at 1-866-436-7332. This recall number is 22S73.