2021—2023 Ford Bronco® Sport and 2020—2022 Ford Escape® SUV Safety Recall

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Recall Reference Number: 22S73

There is nothing more important to us than the safety of our customers, which is why Ford is issuing a safety recall on some 2021, 2022 and 2023 Bronco Sport and 2020, 2021 and 2022 Escape models. There is a chance the fuel injector can crack, which may lead to an underhood fire. If you own or lease a Bronco Sport or Escape from these model years, you can check your recall status by entering your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) here.

The updated software and parts needed to complete this service will be available in late February or March 2023. You’ll be notified when it’s time to schedule this service at a Ford Dealership, or you may be able to have your vehicle picked up, repaired and returned. All recall services are complimentary. As soon as you’re notified, you can book your appointment online, in your FordPass® App or contact your local Ford Dealer.

A strong smell of gasoline can be a sign that your SUV may have a cracked fuel injector. If you smell gas or smoke, or see smoke, park your SUV in a safe location and contact your Ford Dealer to have your vehicle inspected.

Please know that we are working diligently and appreciate your patience. For questions or concerns about the 2021—2023 Bronco Sport and 2020—2022 Escape SUV safety recall 22S73, please call 1-866-436-7332. A Ford Recall team member will be happy to assist you.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the issue tied to this recall?

The fuel injector may crack, and gasoline and fuel vapor may migrate and accumulate near ignition sources. This can cause an underhood fire.

What is the cause of the issue?

The cause is still under investigation, but the source is a cracked engine fuel injector. When the injector cracks, gasoline may leak down onto hot surfaces and potentially cause a fire.

Is a supplier involved in this recall?

Yes.

What is the expected repair?

Ford Motor Company is working closely with its suppliers to produce parts for this repair. When parts become available, we will notify you to schedule a service appointment with your dealer for repairs to be completed free of charge (parts and labor). Parts are anticipated to be available late February or March 2023.

To complete the recall repair, your Ford Dealership will update the engine control software and install a drain tube. The updated software detects a pressure drop in the fuel rail and will provide a dashboard message instructing customers to seek service if the pressure drops. This update will also automatically reduce engine power if a pressure drop is detected. This minimizes the risk of fire and gives drivers time to find a safe location, stop the vehicle and call for service. The drain tube drains fuel from the cylinder head and away from hot surfaces.

In addition, if a fuel injector has a leak in the next 15 years or 150,00 miles from the warranty start date (whichever occurs first), Ford will replace the fuel injectors free of charge (parts and labor).

How did Ford discover this issue?

While monitoring for underhood fire reports related to recall 22S21 (NHTSA Recall No. 22V-191), Ford reviewed two underhood fire reports involving a 2022 Escape and 2022 Bronco Sport. Ford found the reports inconclusive, but it raised the concern there may be an additional contributing cause for these underhood fires. Ford began investigating additional reports on 2020—2022 Bronco Sport and Escape SUVs. Based on analysis from the Ford Engineering team, the company determined a cracked fuel injector is the cause of the potential fire risk.

Are there any open investigations on this specific issue?

No.

Is this the same as the 22S21 recall (NHTSA Recall No. 22V-191)?

22S21 was issued in late March and relates to issues with the engine oil separator (a vast majority of customers have already addressed this recall). 22S73 is a different recall related to potential issues with the engine’s fuel injectors.

What warning signs should customers be aware of?

A strong smell of gasoline inside and outside the vehicle may indicate a cracked fuel injector.

Should customers park their vehicles outside and away from structures?

No, Ford has not issued these instructions for this recall.

Has Ford issued instructions to stop driving the vehicles?

This recall doesn’t include instructions to stop driving.

When will dealers be notified about the safety recall and the recommended fix?

Dealers were notified on November 23, 2022.

When will you notify customers?

Customers will be notified by letter. You can also check to see if your SUV is included in this recall by entering your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) here.

Will there be a charge to customers?

There is no charge for any service related to this recall. Ford is also expanding your warranty to cover cracked fuel injectors for up to 15 years.

What is the Ford reference number for this recall?

22S73

 

RETAIL OWNERS: If you have questions or concerns, please contact our Ford Customer Relationship Center at 1-866-436-7332 or visit ford.com/support.

FLEET OWNERS: If you have questions or concerns, please contact our Ford Pro Contact Center at 1-800-34-FLEET, choose Option #1, and one of our representatives will be happy to assist you. You can also contact us at fleet.ford.com. Representatives are available Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. and Saturday, 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET.

HEARING IMPAIRED: Dial 1-800-232-5952 (TDD). Representatives are available Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET.