Ford Australia has announced a recall that covers 59,254 Rangers, for what, in the right circumstances, could be a fire hazard. The Rangers affected by the recall were sold between 12 July 2016 and 7 December 2017, with a VIN range that can be viewed here.
According to Ford, the vehicles being recalled might be susceptible to a build-up of debris around their DPF (Diesel Particulate Filter), which could in-turn, result in a vehicle fire. This explains the sale date range and the fact that earlier, non-DPF equipped Rangers are unaffected. As a point of note, the current D-MAX and Triton have their DPFs positioned up near the exhaust manifold, in part to prevent this issue.
Ford will be contacting owners of the affected Rangers to arrange an inspection of their vehicles, prior to a fix being implemented as parts become available. In the meantime Ford has released the following statement:
“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. The recall is in relation to a risk of fire due to grass or vegetation accumulation near the DPF (diesel particulate filter) 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 is contacting customers now to alert them of the risk and provide instructions on how to inspect their vehicle. Customers are reminded to refer to the warnings in the Owner Manual especially 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. Customers will be contacted again as parts are available to address this concern.
Ford is committed to providing its customers with vehicles of the highest quality and is committed to addressing potential issues and responding quickly to its customers.”
Mazda has announced a ‘grass accumulation recall’ for the BT-50, which is essentially a Ranger under the skin. The details of that recall and the vehicles it covers can be viewed here.