Because a damaged fuel injector may spill gasoline or leak vapours onto a hot engine, causing fires, Ford Motor Company is recalling over 634,000 SUVs across the globe.
SUVs manufactured by Ford under the Bronco Sport and Escape names between the years 2020 and 2023 are included in the recall. All of them feature three-cylinder engines that are 1.5 litres in capacity.
The carmaker headquartered in Dearborn, Michigan said on Thursday that it does not suggest that owners cease driving the cars or park them outside due to the fact that fires are uncommon and often do not occur when the engines are turned off.
However, Ford has said that it has received 20 complaints of fires, including three that have caused damage to neighbouring buildings. In addition, the business said that it has received four claims of fires that were discovered within less than five minutes of the engines being switched off. In addition, Ford has received 43 legal claims and four personal injury claims that do not include burns as a result of the issue.
In a statement, the executive director of customer experience, Jim Azzouz, stated that while repairs are not currently available, owners should make an appointment for servicing with a recommended dealer as soon as they become available. Beginning on the 19th of December, owners will be informed through mail.
Owners have the option of bringing their SUVs to the dealer and receiving a free loaner vehicle, or they may have their vehicles picked up and delivered at no cost to them.
The injectors will be inspected by the dealers, and if required, replacements will be made. In addition, Ford has announced that it would increase the length of its warranties to cover fractured fuel injectors for up to 15 years.
The engine management software of the affected cars will be updated by the dealerships so that it can identify a damaged injector. A notice will appear on the dashboard reminding drivers to seek servicing. According to Ford, if there is a pressure decrease in the injectors, the engine power will be interrupted in order to protect the driver as much as possible and give them time to travel to a safe spot where they may pull over and contact for assistance.
In addition to this, they will install a tube that will drain gasoline away from the cylinder head and away from any surfaces that are too hot.
Ford has said that it will not be changing the injectors since the failure rate that causes leaks is minimal. The failure rate is projected to be 0.38% for models manufactured in 2020 and 0.22% for models manufactured in 2021 to 2022. This price is good for 15 years or 150,000 total miles driven (240,000 kilometers).