Ford Motor Company is recalling more than 500,000 sport utility vehicles across the United States due to a fire risk caused by a possibly cracked fuel injector.
Ford, the second-largest US car seller, said that although the likelihood of fires was rare, it was forced to offer a car recall after being informed of at least 20 such incidents. The recall affects Bronco Sport and Escape SUVs manufactured between 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 hood of the vehicle. Fixes aren’t available yet, but Ford is working on a software update that will alert owners if their vehicle’s fuel injectors are compromised.
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“If a drop in fuel rail pressure is detected, engine power will automatically be reduced to minimize any risk while allowing customers to drive to a safe location and stop the vehicle for service,” the company said in a statement.
Despite the recalls, Ford is not urging consumers to stop driving the affected models. Instead, the company says that if drivers suspect there is a problem with their vehicle, they should take it to an authorized dealer and have it checked.
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In cases where a problem occurs, Ford will replace a cracked fuel injector. The company also extends its warranty on a cracked fuel injector up to 15 years.