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Ford recalls nearly 519,000 Bronco Sports, Escapes in the U.S. over fire risks

Ford Motor Co. said it is recalling nearly 519,000 crossovers in the U.S. over fire risks from possible cracked fuel injectors and will urge owners to have their cars inspected.

Ford on Thursday said the recall covers 2020-2023 model year Bronco Sport and Escape crossovers with 3 cylinder, 1.5 liter engines, including many also recalled in April because an oil separator housing could crack and develop a leak that could cause an engine fire.

Ford said when engines in the vehicles covered by the latest recall are operating, a cracked fuel injector could cause fuel or fuel vapor to accumulate near hot surfaces, potentially resulting in fire under the hood.

Ford said it has 54 total reports of 1.5 liter under-hood fires, including four with cracked fuel injectors. About 13 others were probably caused by a leaking fuel injector. There are no deaths linked to the recall.

Once repairs are available dealers will update vehicle software to detect whether a fuel injector is cracked and provide a dashboard message to alert drivers.

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