Ford Recalls Nearly Half a Million Vehicles Over Battery and Fuel Leak Issues

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Ford has initiated a recall for 456,565 SUVs and trucks due to potential drive power loss from low battery issues, alongside another recall concerning fuel leaks that may cause engine fires. This action includes software updates and safety checks across multiple models, as the automaker collaborates with NHTSA to ensure vehicle safety and reliability.

Ford has announced a significant recall affecting nearly half a million compact SUVs and pickup trucks due to issues related to a loss of drive power stemming from a low battery. The recall impacts 456,565 vehicles in the United States, as reported by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on Wednesday.

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The affected models include the Bronco Sport SUVs produced between 2022 and 2024, and Maverick compact pickup trucks manufactured from 2022 to 2023. To address the issue, dealers will recalibrate the body control and powertrain control modules at no cost to vehicle owners.

According to the NHTSA, a low battery charge in these vehicles could result in malfunctioning electrical accessories, such as hazard lights, or could lead to a complete loss of drive power.

This recall comes shortly after another significant concern involving Ford Motor’s SUVs. Last week, the auto safety regulator began investigating over 42,000 SUVs for potential fuel leaks that could cause engine fires. Specifically, the inquiry focuses on the 2022-2023 model year Bronco Sport and 2022 Ford Escape SUVs equipped with 1.5L engines.

In response to this fuel leak issue, Ford has issued another recall for a potentially defective fuel injector that may crack and leak, posing a risk of an underhood fire. The proposed remedy includes an engine control software update and the installation of a drain, although replacement of the fuel injectors is not part of the plan.

Ford has expressed its cooperation with the NHTSA to ensure thorough investigation and resolution of the issue. Prior to this, the company reported being aware of five underhood fires in the newly recalled 1.5L Escape and Bronco Sport vehicles, although no accidents or injuries have been reported in relation to these incidents.

The software update for the fuel system is designed to detect a drop in fuel rail pressure, alert the driver with a ‘seek service’ message, and take preventive measures such as disabling the high-pressure fuel pump, reducing engine power, and lowering temperatures around potential ignition sources.

Previously in 2022, Ford had recalled 522,000 Ford Escape and Bronco Sport vehicles from 2020 to 2023 for a similar issue, using the same remedy approach. Ford disclosed to the NHTSA that it had received 54 reports of underhood fires in these models across North America, along with four injuries related to two incidents.

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