After Dozens Of Underhood Fires, Ford Recalls Half A Million Vehicles

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Ford is recalling 333,342 Escape vehicles and 188,436 Bronco Sport SUVs in the United States over faulty fuel injectors that could increase the risk of an underhood fire. In its official recall announcement, the firm stated that the issue only impacts the 2020 through 2023 model years. 

The automaker explained that impacted vehicles come with 181-hp turbocharged 1.5-liter three-cylinder engines fitted with fuel injectors that could crack, causing a potential fuel or fuel vapor leak. In this scenario, the engine can catch fire, exposing drivers to injury risks. 

Dozens Of Underhood Fires Reported

The recall comes after the firm received 54 reports of 1.5 liter under-hood fires. Four of these incidents involved cracked fuel injectors. Thankfully, there are no injuries or fatalities linked to this recall. 

In order to avoid engine fires and injuries, the company will update the engine control software to provide an alert on the car’s instrument panel when the fuel rail experiences a drop in pressure. The firm will also install a drain tube to the cylinder head so leaked fuel can drain, helping to prevent a fire. 

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said the firm is not telling drivers to stop driving the impacted vehicles under this recall.

The firm is scheduled to contact impacted vehicle owners in mid-December. Until then, car owners can check the NHTSA recalls site for more detailed information on the recall. 

Ford Under Fire For High Number Of Recalls

Regulators with the NHTSA said that Ford is the car manufacturer with the highest recall rate in the U.S. so far this year. 

The carmaker announced 64 recalls so far this year, impacting over 8.6 million cars.

If you own one of the recalled cars and are concerned about your safety, do not hesitate to contact the manufacturer to learn more about how to stay safe. 

For the original recall report, click here.