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Fuel Injector Issues Prompt Recall of Numerous Ford SUVs in Canada

Nearly 3,000 Ford SUVs are being recalled over problems with the fuel injector, according to Transport Canada.

Bronco Sports from 2022–2023, and 2022 Ford Escapes are included in the recall, with about 2,955 vehicles affected, the recall notice says.

“On certain vehicles, a fuel injector may crack. If this happens, fuel could leak into the engine compartment,” Transport Canada said, noting that a fuel leak creates the risk of fire.

“Ford will notify owners by mail and advise you to take your vehicle to a dealership to update the engine control software to detect fuel injector leaks,” it said.

According to the notice, dealers will install a drain tube in affected vehicles, but are not offering to replace the injectors. The tube will allow gasoline to flow away from hot surfaces to the ground underneath the vehicle.

Ford also said they will update the engine control software so it can detect a pressure drop in the fuel injection system. If it is detected, the software will disable the high-pressure fuel pump, reduce engine power, and cut temperatures in the engine compartment.

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Transport Canada said Ford is offering an extended warranty of 15 years or 240,000 kilometres to replace cracked fuel injectors.

The recall is an expansion of one done in 2022, where 2021–2022 Bronco Sports and 2020, 2021, and 2022 Ford Escapes were recalled for the same reason. At that time there were over 53,000 vehicles impacted by the recall, Transport Canada said.
On April 10, Ford issued a similar recall in the United States for 42,652 Bronco Sport and Escape vehicles, according to Reuters.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said it would be opening an investigation into the recall.

Ford acknowledged there had been five underhood fires on recalled vehicles, but said there had been no reports or injuries as a result.

However, in 2022, the company told NHTSA there had been 54 reports of underhood fires in 2020-2022 Bronco Sport and Escape SUVs, and four reports of injuries.

The recall follows another one announced by Ford in January for Explorer SUVs.

Nearly 1.9 million vehicles were recalled because clips holding the trim covering the roof supports near the windshield could fly off, creating a hazard for other drivers. The recall was for Explorers from 2011 through 2019 models.

In 2023, U.S. regulators opened an investigation after 164 consumer complaints. Regulators in Canada were concerned over the same problem.

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