Minnesota and Wisconsin drivers love their Fords, with a recent ranking placing the manufacturer in first or second place for each state.  That's why Northlanders will want to be alert to the recent recall details released by Ford Motor Company and their popular Bronco and Escape models,

According to details being shared by the NHTSA, the recall affects Ford Bronco Sport SUV's and Ford Escape crossovers; the recall is due to a "risk of fire" due to the potential for a cracked fuel injector.

Here are the specifics for the recall:

  • Ford Bronco Sport - with a 1.5 liter engine - 2021 to 2023
  • Ford Escape - with a 1.5 liter engine - 2020 to 2023

The recall as it currently stands affects 518,993 vehicles in the United States.

According to Consumer Reports, "[w]hen the engine is on, fuel or fuel vapor could contact a hot surface and potentially ignite a fire under the hood".

Owners of the affected vehicles are directed to get them into a dealership as soon as possible to have the problem fixed - referencing NHTSA Campaign Number 22V85900 and Ford's recall number 22S73. At this time, Ford is not instructing owners to stop driving their vehicles; however, they strongly recommend that you schedule the recall repair as soon as possible.

Here's what the dealership will do to repair the issue:

  • Inspect for a potential cracked fuel injector
  • Update the engine control software
  • Install a tube that drains the fuel from the cylinder head away from hot surfaces inside the engine
  • Check for excessive fuel odor

To check whether or not your specific vehicle is included in the recall, you can enter its VIN number in the search field on the NHTSA's website, which will alert you to this and any other open recall for your specific vehicle.

You can also call Ford Customer Service hotline: 866-436-7332.

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