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    URGENT Ranger Recall. fire risk.

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    Ford Rangers recalled for fire risk: 59,000 utes affected after nine catch fire or ‘smoulder’
    Joshua Dowling Monday, 18 December 2017 5:37PM

    About 59,000 examples of the latest model Ford Ranger ute are being recalled in Australia due to fire risk. Picture: Supplied.


    Ford Australia has issued an urgent warning for all owners of Ranger utes built since July 2016 to not drive over long grass during the summer break after nine cars caught fire or began to “smoulder”.

    Grass clippings can get caught under the Ford Ranger’s diesel particulate filter (DPF) which can get extremely hot and spark a fire.

    A Ford Australia spokeswoman said since December 2016 there have been “two confirmed cases of vehicles being written off” as a result of fire and “seven confirmed cases of smoke or fires which have resulted in minimal damage”.

    At first Ford thought the problem was isolated but it escalated its investigations after a “cluster” of Ranger fires in the middle of 2017.

    Approximately 52,000 of the affected Ford Rangers — every one sold since July 2016 — are in customer hands.

    A further 7000 Ranger utes are new dealer stock — bringing the total to 59,000 — but Ford has not issued a “stop delivery” notice.

    Ford says the recall fix will not be ready until the new year.

    The car maker has issued a bulletin in the meantime to warn owners of the danger and to avoid driving in conditions that can spark a fire.

    Ford has issued a warning to owners of Ranger utes built since July 2016 to avoid driving over long grass due to a fire risk. Picture: Supplied

    A statement from Ford Australia says: “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 company added: “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”.

    Owners can take their car to a Ford dealer to have them check the area around the DPF is clear of debris, or can check it themselves.

    Ford says the DPF is located in the underbody area “adjacent to the exhaust system and transmission cross member”.

    The Ford bulletin continues: “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 says the Everest SUV, which shares much of its underpinnings with the Ranger ute and is made in the same Thailand factory, is not affected.
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    Oooops.
    Fix not till the new year, that would upset quite a number of off road holiday travellers and regional councils inspecting areas etcetc.
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    Sounds like owners just need to do a bit of preventative maintenance and all will be sweet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FTe217 View Post
    Oooops.
    Fix not till the new year, that would upset quite a number of off road holiday travellers and regional councils inspecting areas etcetc.
    Yep, Council Rangers doing firebreak inspections in bushfire season - they won't be happy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FTe217 View Post
    Oooops.
    Fix not till the new year, that would upset quite a number of off road holiday travellers and regional councils inspecting areas etcetc.
    Yep, Council Rangers doing firebreak inspections in bushfire season - they won't be happy.

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    So why is this an issue with the PX2 and not the PX? Stormie will have to be checked regularly now. Not a big deal to check that area of the car, but also something that really should have been covered off considering what these vehicles are designed for.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Perko View Post
    So why is this an issue with the PX2 and not the PX? Stormie will have to be checked regularly now. Not a big deal to check that area of the car, but also something that really should have been covered off considering what these vehicles are designed for.
    Does the PX have a DPF? It's about the DPF igniting grass

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    Quote Originally Posted by Road_Warrior View Post
    Does the PX have a DPF? It's about the DPF igniting grass
    I would assume not?
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