YOU may remember an ACCC notice back in December 2017, where 59,000 Ford Rangers were recalled due to a fire risk – “when driven over long grass, affected vehicles may accumulate vegetation under the vehicle near the exhaust system”, the report said.
Well, there’s been a development in the story, with Ford Australia adding more vehicles to the affected list.
The new VIN list of affected vehicles can be found here: https://www.productsafety.gov.au/system/files/17S43S1%20VINs.pdf
The Rangers affected by this recall were sold nationally between July 12, 2016 and April 5, 2018.
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At the time of the original recall, Ford Australia said: ““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 is currently contacting owners of affected vehicles, advising them that parts are now available for reparation.
“Owners should contact their nearest Ford dealership to arrange for the installation of an exhaust heat shield on all affected vehicles,” the report states. “In addition, an underbody shield must be fitted on 4WD and 2WD vehicles with increased ride height (HiRider) to prevent grass accumulation.”