Ford Motor (NYSE:F) is recalling more than 634,000 SUVs worldwide for a cracked fuel injector that can cause fuel leaks and fires.
The recall covers model year 2020-2023 Ford Bronco Sport and Escape SUVs. All models are equipped with a 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine.
Ford noted that fires are rare and do not occur when the engines are turned off, so it is not recommending that owners stop driving or store their vehicles outdoors.
However, the automaker has received 20 reports of fires, including three that ignited nearby buildings. Four of these alleged fires occurred less than five minutes after the engines were shut down.
The repair isn’t available yet, but owners can take their SUV to their dealership and get a free credit or free pickup and delivery. Ford has also extended warranties to cover cracked fuel injectors for up to 15 years.
Dealers will update the engine control software to detect a cracked injector and alert drivers via a dashboard message. Also, the program will cut engine power to minimize risk. In addition, a pipe will be installed to remove the fuel from the cylinder head and hot surfaces.
Ford will not replace the injectors because the failure rate that causes leaks is low.