Ford forced to recall more than 20,000 vehicles

Ford Ranger and Everest models recalled over transmission defects.

Ford has been forced to recall more than 15,000 Ranger Utes, Australia’s second best-selling car,  and more than 5000 Everest SUV models due to a fault with the 10-speed automatic transmission. 

The recall notice, which was lodged with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), stated the gears inside the transmission fluid pump could fail while driving. 

Ford Australia said if the fluid pump failed, it would lead to a loss of hydraulic pressure in the transmission, which could cause a loss of drive and increase the risk of accident and injury to occupants and other road users. 

The recall affects 15,924 Ranger Utes built between 19 December 2017 and 15 October 2019 and 5044 Everest SUVs built from 30 May 2018 to 16 October 2018.

Ford Australia will contact owners of the affected Ranger and Everest models and arrange for a no-cost inspection and repair. 

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RACQ Principal Technical Research John Ewing said it was “absolutely vital” people got the work done as soon as possible.

“It’s like any safety recall, they should never be ignored and always attended to as a matter of priority,” Mr Ewing said. 

“The bottom line is, it costs manufacturers a lot of money to institute a safety recall, so there’s a good reason for doing it. They consider there is an issue that needs urgent rectification to maintain vehicle safety.”

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The Ford Ranger Dual-Cab Ute has consistently maintained its position as one of the country’s highest-selling vehicles. 

In 2019, the Ford Ranger sold 40,690 new models and came second to the Toyota HiLux, which sold 47,649 new vehicles over the same period. 

Despite the Toyota HiLux’s dominance as Australia’s best-selling car for the past four years, the Ranger has made headway against its rival outselling the HiLux in the 4X4 category in 2019. 

A full list of the 20,000-plus affected vehicles and their VIN numbers can be found here.

For more information on the recall, call Ford Australia’s customer relationship centre on 1800 503 672 or contact your local Ford dealership.

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