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2020-2022 Ford Escape Recalled Over Potential Fire Risk

Ford Motor Company is recalling select 2020-2022 Ford Escape models over a fuel injector issue. A select group of 2021-2023 Ford Bronco Sport models are also being recalled for the same problem.

The defect: in affected vehicles, a fuel injector may crack and leak fuel inside the engine compartment.

The hazards: a fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source such as hot engine or exhaust components can increase the risk of a fire.

Ford is not aware of any reports of accidents or injuries related to this condition.

Components: fuel injectors.

Affected vehicles: select 2020-2022 Ford Escape models equipped with the turbocharged Ford 1.5L I-3 EcoBoost engine produced between November 19th, 2018, and October 17th, 2022.

Number of vehicles affected: 333,342

The fix: dealers will update the engine control software to include fuel injector leak detection and install a drain tube, free of charge.

Owners should: wait for communications from Ford, which will begin December 19th, 2022. The Ford reference number for this recall is 22S73.


  • Ford Customer Service: 1-866-436-7332
  • FoMoCo Recall Number: 22C22
  • NHTSA Toll-Free: 1-888-327-4236
  • NHTSA (TTY): 1-800-424-9153
  • NHTSA Website:

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  1. Crabbymilton

    After that post about the BRONO SPORT, I figured there was something coming on this one. Scary and unbelievable If I had to guess, most of the ESCAPE’s with the 3 cylinder are mostly for fleets. Like security vehicles that almost never leave private property. Still no excuse for this.



  3. Walter Thomas

    Lol, not a surprise at all. Ford is rebuilding their vehicles while on the road. Ford have yet to build a solid vehicle outside from the Ford Edge and maybe the Mustang. Those are the only vehicles that seems to not suffer from Fords plethora of recalls. Now that they are stepping into the BEVH, they still can’t understand what true quality is versus their poor understanding of what quality really is. I hate that this company is in the modern day still building unreliable vehicles. People work hard for their earnings. To keep giving Ford a chance is not a good thing. I would comfortably Purchase a Kia or Hyundai over Ford. Hints why everyone that I know are getting rid of Fords including my Father was only owned Fords for half of his life span. Now he has switched to Honda and Toyota.

    1. EcoBoost29579

      The Ford Edge and a bunch of other Fords and Lincolns with the 1.5L and 2.0L 4-cylinder EcoBoost engines have an extended warranty from Ford in place, pending a massive recall. It is stalled in court. It relates to improper manufacturing with an extra port that allows coolant to mix with oil and lead to engine failure and replacement. Ford has been stalling using every tactic known to mankind because this would be VERY expensive. So, the Edge is not immune.

      1. Joe

        The extended warranty is only on the 1.5 liter.

    2. Crabbymilton

      Well your dad did the right thing by taking a generic approach and not worrying about builder loyalty. Again, what good does being loyal to FORD when they either don’t build what you want or they build unreliable garbage. I never thought in any number of years that I would buy a new NISSAN ALTIMA a year ago. But I have absolutely no regrets at all. Much more freedom in not being concerned about builder loyalty.

  4. Buy American

    Thankfully, my 22 SEL Stealth has the Cleveland built 2.0 and not the Mexico built garbage 1.5

    1. The Gentle Grizzly

      Country of origin has nothing to do with it. You give Mexicans good designs and quality parts and the resulting product is as good as you could ask for.

      Blame the designer.

  5. Mrx19

    Leak detection software and a drain tube? Again Ford doesn’t seem interested in fixing the actual problem, just a band aid.

  6. Ken A.

    Are the 2022 Escape 2.0 engines included? Ordered in October of ’21. We have 10,700 miles on it with no problems to note.

  7. Michael

    I have been looking for a new vehicle since the fall of 2018, initially preferably a Ford. But Ford is not, with all their problems ( quality, recalls, chip, etc. ), really enticing me to buy one of their products. My 96 Ranger Splash ( which will not die ) has saved me from buying a problem Ford vehicle.

  8. Kevin McCabe

    What? You’ve got a risk of a fuel injector cracking, leaking fuel and causing a fire and the fix you want to put in is a DRAIN for the leaking fuel and a software upgrade that “might” tell you if a particular injector is leaking??? WHAT ABOUT REPLACING THE INJECTOR(S) ???????? OMG!!!!!!!!!!!! What idiot signed off on this????????


    we have a 2022 bronco outer banks now my wife is scared to use it because of fire risk i told her if smels smoke get out and let it burn i beleve no more ford for us ps thanks ford


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