2020-23 Bronco Sport, Escape recalled again due to fire hazard and injuries – Detroit Free Press | CarTailz

Ford Motor Co. has issued another recall for the 2020-23 model year Ford Bronco Sport and Ford Escape SUVs after customers reported fires involving injuries and under-the-hood fires that occurred after the vehicle was parked.

The cause: Spilled fuel or escaping fumes on the hot engine or exhaust parts caused by a cracked fuel injector.

Up to 521,778 vehicles with 1.5 liter three-cylinder engines are potentially affected in the United States, including Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Specifically, 333,342 escapes and 188,436 Bronco Sports.

More than 100,000 vehicles in Europe and South America are also affected, Ford spokeswoman Maria Buczkowski told the Freie Presse on Thursday.

Automaker Dearborn has received 20 reports of under-bonnet fires, including three that ignited nearby buildings. The company also said it had four claims for fires that were noticed less than five minutes after the engines were shut off. Ford also has four non-burn injury claims and 43 legal claims attributed to the issue, the Associated Press reported.

Of four alleged injuries reported to Ford for two separate cases, two were reportedly related to exiting the vehicle and two were claimed due to stress, Buczkowski told Freie Presse.

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