The Ford Motor Company is recalling more than 500,000 sport utility vehicles across the United States due to fire hazards resulting from a possibly cracked fuel injector.
Ford, the second-largest car dealership in the United States, said while the likelihood of fires was rare, it was obligated to offer the recall after being notified of at least 20 such incidents. The recall affects the company’s Bronco Sport and Escape SUVs manufactured between model years 2020 and 2023.
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According to the company, a cracked fuel injector can cause fuel or fuel vapor to build up and cause a fire under the vehicle’s hood. Repairs are not yet available, but Ford is working on a software update that will alert owners if their vehicle’s fuel injector is compromised.
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“If a pressure drop in the fuel rail is detected, engine power will automatically be reduced to minimize any risk, while allowing customers to drive to a safe location, stop the vehicle and take arrangements for maintenance,” the company said in a statement.
Despite the recall, Ford is not urging consumers to stop driving the models in question. Instead, the company says if drivers suspect there’s a problem with their vehicle, they should take it to a dealership and have it inspected.
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If there is a problem, Ford will replace the cracked fuel injector. The company is also extending its warranties to cover a cracked fuel injector for up to 15 years.