By Durant Sloan, Thornical Press Contributor
November 24, 2022
Ford Motor Company announced the recall of over 634,000 SUVs worldwide due to a cracked fuel injector that can spill fuel or leak vapors onto a hot engine and cause fires. The stunning recall covers the Escape SUVs and the newly revived Bronco Sport built between the 2020 to 2023 model year with the 1.5-liter, three-cylinder engine.
Ford has not cautioned owners to stop driving their vehicles or parking them in doors since fires are rare and “generally” do not occur when the engine is cold. However, Ford reported 20 customer complaints of fires, three of which set nearby structures on fire. Other fires started less than five minutes after the engines were turned off.
Unfortunately, Ford has not announced a “fix” to the fuel leak, but urged customers to bring their vehicles to a preferred dealer once one is available. According to Jim Azzouz, Ford will officially notify customers by December 19 and that dealers will check for cracked fuel injectors and will replace them free of charge. Warranties will be extended up to 15 years for cracked fuel injectors. Ford also directed dealers to update engine-control software to detect leaks from cracked fuel injectors. Dealers will also install a tube to drain fuel from the cylinder head and away from hot surfaces.