Nov 24 (Reuters) – Ford Motor Co ( UN ) is recalling 634,000 sport utility vehicles (SUVs) worldwide due to fire risks from possible blown fuel injectors and will urge owners to get their cars inspected, it said on Thursday.
The No. 2 U.S. automaker by sales said the recall covers 2020-2023 model year Bronco Sport and Escape SUVs with 3-cylinder, 1.5-liter engines, including many also recalled in April because an oil separator housing could crack and develop a leak, that could cause an engine fire. Vehicles repaired under the previous recall will still need the new recall, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said.
Ford said that when engines in the SUVs covered by the latest recall are running, a cracked fuel injector can cause fuel or fuel vapor to collect near hot surfaces, potentially resulting in a fire under the hood.
When repairs are available, dealers will update the vehicle’s software to detect if a fuel injector is cracked and provide a message on the dashboard to alert drivers.
“If a drop in fuel rail pressure is detected, engine power will automatically be reduced to minimize any risk while allowing customers to drive to a safe location and stop the vehicle for service,” Ford added.
Dealers will also install a pipe that drains fuel from the cylinder head and away from hot surfaces and check for excessive fuel odors near the top of the engine.
The recall covers about 520,000 vehicles in the United States and about 114,000 in other countries.
Ford said it has a total of 54 reports of 1.5L fires under the hood, including four with cracked fuel injectors. About 13 others were likely caused by a leaking fuel injector.
There are no deaths associated with the recall.
Ford said it is not telling owners to stop driving cars during this recall. The company expects a low failure rate for fuel injectors experiencing external leaks.
Reporting by David Shepardson in Petaluma, Calif. Editing by David Goodman and Nick Zieminski
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