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500,000+ Ford Escape, Bronco Sport SUVs Recalled over Fire Risk

  • Ford has issued a recall of more than half a million Bronco Sport and Escape SUVs to fix a faulty fuel injector.
  • The problem affects the 2020 through 2023 Escape and 2021 through 2023 Bronco Sport vehicles that have the 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine.
  • Ford said in its filings with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that a fuel injector could crack, increasing the risk of a fire under the hood.

Ford will recall 333,342 Escape and 188,436 Bronco Sport SUVs from the 2020 to 2023 model years over a risk of engine fire. The recall is related to a fuel injector that can crack, causing a potential fuel or fuel vapor spot that could lead to a fire under the car, Ford said. In filings with NHTSA, Ford said the driver should be alert to notice any possible fuel odor “outside and inside the vehicle” and, in the event of a fire, may “notice smoke or flames” coming from the engine compartment or under the car.

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The recall affects vehicles with the base models’ 181 hp turbocharged 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine. Overall, according to Car newsare there reports of 54 fires under the hood, four of which are believed to be related to the current recall.

Ford will install updated engine control software to provide a message on the car’s instrument panel if there is a drop in fuel rail pressure. Also as part of the recall, Ford said it will install a drain tube to drain any leaking fuel from the cylinder head and avoid the fire hazard. Owners will be notified of the recall in mid-December. In the meantime, they can check the NHTSA recall website for information about the recall and to see if their vehicle is affected. Ford has also published owner information about the issue on its website.

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