Ford Motor Co. is recalling over 634,000 SUVs worldwide because of a cracked fuel injector that can cause fires or spill fuel onto a hot engine.
The recall covers the 2020 -- 2023 model years of Bronco Sport and Escape SUVs. All have 1.5 liter, three-cylinder engines.
The Dearborn, Michigan automaker said Thursday it sn't recommended that owners stop driving the vehicles or park them outdoors because fires are rare and generally don't happen when the engines are off.
Ford said it had received 20 reports of fires, including three that ignited nearby structures. The company has four claims of fires that were noticed less than five minutes after the engines were turned off. Ford also has four injury claims not involving burns, and 43 legal claims attributed to the problem.
The executive director of customer experience, Jim Azzouz, said in a statement that repairs aren't yet available, but owners should schedule service with a preferred dealer once they are available. The owners will be notified by letter starting December 19.
Owners can get free pickup and delivery in their SUVs by taking them to the dealer and get a free loaner.
Dealers will inspect the injectors and replace them if necessary. Ford is extending its warranties to cover cracked fuel injectors for up to 15 years.