Ford recalls 634K Bronco Sports, Escapes over faulty fuel injectors

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A worldwide recall has been issued by the Ford Motor Company for an issue that may increase the risk of fire.

The Dearborn, Michigan-based automaker has issued a recall for 2020 to 2023 model year Bronco Sports, and Escapes, with three-cylinder, 1.5-litre engines. A total of 634,000 vehicles are affected.

Ford said a defect in the fuel injector may cause it to crack, starting a fire under the vehicle hood.

“If your SUV has a cracked fuel injector, a strong smell of gasoline is one of the first signs. If you smell gas or smoke, or see smoke, park your SUV and contact your Ford dealer to have your vehicle inspected,” read the recall notice from Ford. “When service is available, a Ford technician will perform a software update that will detect a drop in fuel pressure and automatically reduce engine power. A tube will also be installed to drain fuel away from hot surfaces.”

According to Crain’s Automotive News, about 520,000 of the vehicles were sold in the U.S., with the rest sold in Canada and elsewhere.

The automaker is not telling people to stop driving the vehicles, as the risk of fire is rare once the engine is turned off.

Affected vehicle owners will receive a notice in the mail. If your vehicle is affected, simply bring it to a Ford dealer where it will be corrected at no charge. Ford will also extend the customer’s warranty to cover fuel injector issues for 15 years.

For complete information about the recall, or to see if your vehicle is affected, visit the notice on the Ford Motor Company website.

The recall reference number is 22-S-73.