A RECALL has been issued for approximately 59,000 Ford PXII Rangers built after July, 2016.
The complete list of affected vehicles can be viewed here.
According to the recall report, “when driven over long grass, affected vehicles may accumulate vegetation under the vehicle near the exhaust system”.
As an exhaust system reaches high temperatures, the accumulation of grass (or other combustible materials) may ignite and cause smoke or flames to appear beneath the vehicle.
“Ford Australia is taking precautions to protect its customers by initiating a Safety Recall for approximately 59,000 Ford Ranger PXII vehicles built after July 2016,” Ford Australia said in a statement. “The recall is in relation to a risk of fire due to grass or vegetation accumulation near the DPF that produces very high temperatures during regeneration mode.
“The DPF regeneration can radiate a considerable amount of heat which could create a fire risk if sufficient grass or vegetation accumulates in this area.”
Ford Australia will contact owners of all affected vehicles but, in the meantime, has advised owners to refer to the warnings in the Owner Manual, paying special attention to information relating to starting and stopping the engine, fuel and refuelling.
“While the likelihood of this situation arising is low, Ford is taking precautionary action to help prevent this situation from occurring as customer safety is the company’s top priority,” Ford Australia said.
If any owners are still concerned or require more information, they can contact any authorised Ford Dealer of Ford’s Customer Relationship centre on 1800 503 672.