Ford remembers over 634,000 SUVs that might burst into flames

Ford Motor Co. is recalling over 634,000 SUVs worldwide as a result of a cracked gasoline injector can spill gasoline or leak vapors onto a sizzling engine and trigger fires.

The recall covers Bronco Sport and Escape SUVs from the 2020 by means of 2023 mannequin years. All have 1.5-liter, three-cylinder engines.

The Dearborn, Michigan, automaker stated Thursday it’s not recommending that homeowners cease driving the autos or park them open air as a result of fires are uncommon and usually don’t occur when the engines are off.

However Ford stated it has obtained 20 stories of fires, together with three that ignited close by constructions. The corporate additionally stated it has 4 claims of fires that had been observed lower than 5 minutes after the engines had been turned off. Ford additionally has 4 harm claims not involving burns, and 43 authorized claims attributed to the issue.

Repairs aren’t but obtainable, however as soon as they’re, homeowners ought to schedule service with a most well-liked supplier, Jim Azzouz, govt director of buyer expertise, stated in an announcement. Homeowners will probably be notified by letter beginning Dec. 19.

Homeowners can take their SUVs to the supplier and get a free loaner, or they’ll get free pickup and supply.

Sellers will examine the injectors and exchange them if crucial. Ford additionally says it’s extending warranties to cowl cracked gasoline injectors for as much as 15 years.

Sellers will replace the autos’ engine-control software program so it detects a cracked injector. Drivers will get a dashboard message to get service. Additionally, if there’s a strain drop within the injectors, engine energy will probably be lower to attenuate danger and let drivers get to a secure location to cease and name for service, Ford stated.

They’ll additionally set up a tube to empty gasoline from the cylinder head and away from sizzling surfaces.

Ford stated it’s not changing the injectors as a result of the failure charge that causes leaks is low, an estimated 0.38% for 2020 fashions and 0.22% for 2021 to 2022 fashions. The speed is for 15 years or 150,000 miles (240,000 kilometers).

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