On Thursday, Ford Motor (NYSE:F) Co informed that it is recalling about 519,000 SUVs (sport utility vehicles) in the US over fire risks from possible cracked fuel injectors. The company said it would urge owners to have their cars inspected.
Ford said the said recall includes 2020-2023 model year Bronco Sport and Escape SUVs with 3-cylinder, 1.5-litre engines, including many. The second-ranked automaker in the US said when engines in the SUVs are operating, a cracked fuel injector could cause fuel or vapour of fuel to accumulate near hot surfaces, resulting in fire under the hood.
Once repairs are available, dealers will update the vehicle software for detecting whether a fuel injector is cracked. The software will then provide a dashboard message to alert drivers. The company said that dealers will install a tube draining fuel from the cylinder head and check for excessive fuel odour near the top of the engine.