Ford is recalling 519,000 cars in the United States due to the risk of fire By Reuters

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By David Shepardson

(Reuters) – Ford Motor (NYSE: ) Co is recalling about 519,000 sport utility vehicles (SUVs) in the United States due to fire risks from possible cracked fuel injectors and is urging owners to get their vehicles inspected.

America’s No. 2 automaker said the recall covers the 2020-2023 model year Bronco Sport and Escape 3-cylinder, 1.5-liter SUVs, including many recalled in April because of cracked and leaking oil separator housings. can cause. engine fire.

Ford said that while the engines in the SUVs covered by the latest recall are running, a cracked fuel injector could cause fuel or fuel vapor to collect near hot surfaces, which could result in an under-hood fire.

Once a repair is possible, dealers will update the vehicle’s software to detect a broken fuel injector and provide a dashboard message to alert drivers.

“If a drop in fuel rail pressure is detected, engine power will be automatically reduced to minimize any risk, while allowing customers to drive to a safe location and stop the vehicle and arrange for service,” added Ford.

Dealers will also install a pipe to drain the fuel away from the cylinder head and hot surfaces, and check the top of the engine for excessive fuel odor.

Ford said it had 54 total reports of fires under the hood of the 1.5-liter, including four with cracked fuel injectors. About 13 were probably caused by a leaking fuel injector.

There are no fatalities related to the recall.

Ford said it has not told owners to stop driving vehicles under this recall. The company predicts a low failure rate for fuel injectors experiencing external leaks.