America’s No. 2-selling automaker said the recall covers 2020-2023 Bronco Sport and Escape SUV models with 1.5-liter three-cylinder engines, including many that were also recalled in April because the oil separator housing could crack and develop a leak that had the potential to cause an engine fire.
Vehicles repaired under the previous recall will still need the new recall fix, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said.
Ford noted that when the engines of the SUVs covered by the latest recall are running, a cracked fuel injector could cause fuel or fuel vapor to collect near hot surfaces, potentially starting an underhood fire.
Once the fixes are available, dealers will update the vehicle’s software to detect if a fuel injector is broken and provide an in-dash message to alert drivers.
“If a fuel rail pressure drop is detected, engine power will automatically be reduced to minimize any risk, while allowing customers to drive to safety, stop the vehicle and schedule service,” he added. Ford.
Dealers will also install a tube that drains fuel out of the cylinder head and away from hot surfaces and check for excessive fuel odor near the top of the engine.
The recall covers about 520,000 vehicles in the United States and about 114,000 in other countries.