Ford and Mazda recall: warning to 70,000 ute owners

Drivers of Ford Ranger and Mazda BT-50 utes built after July 2016 have been given an urgent warning to check their vehicles after 24 cars caught fire or began to smoulder.

Ford and Mazda have issued a warning and recall of 70,000 of its utes across Australia, which were manufactured in the same Thai factory.

Cairns Post reported the confirmed cases were caused by grass catching fire because of its proximity to the exhaust system, which became extremely hot in operation.

RACQ Head of Technical and Safety Policy Steve Spalding said drivers of affected cars should ensure they contacted their dealer as soon as possible.

“We know there has already been 24 confirmed cases of fires on Ranger and BT-50 utes, so drivers really need to heed this warning,” Mr Spalding said.

“We always say it’s important not to drive or park over long grass as there’s a risk of fire, but this is now vital advice for Ford and Mazda ute owners.

“If your car is one of those recalled, we’d urge you to contact your dealer as soon as possible.”

Ford and Mazda have advised the recall fix would not be ready until the new year.