Ford and Mazda recall dual-cab utes
Ford Australia has announced a product recall of its Ranger PX and PX11 dual-cab utes due to a defective backseat latch spring — news which comes hot on the heels of Mazda’s recall of the BT-50 dual-cab ute for the same reason.
The popular 4X4 utes are found working on construction sites and mines across the country.
The companies say the defective latch spring may prevent the back seat from locking in the upright position, which may increase the risk of injury to backseat occupants in the event of a collision. This is especially true on crowded and bumpy construction sites.
The defect can also cause the entire rear seat to move forward if the ute brakes heavily, potentially injuring backseat passengers.
Mazda issued its recall after receiving reports of ‘an abnormal noise’ coming from the rear seat.
Both Ford and Mazda say they are currently writing to affected owners advising them of the recall and telling them when parts for the fix arrive in Australia. It is understood both the Ranger and BT-50 were both developed at Ford Australia, which may explain the common component.
Until then customers are advised the rear seat should not be occupied by passengers unless the rear seat is secure.
This can be confirmed by gripping the top of the seat at the centre and pulling firmly towards the front of the vehicle. If the seatback moves forward then the latch is not secure and the seat should not be occupied.
Further information on the recalls is available by calling Ford Australia on 13 36 73 or Mazda Customer Support on 1800 034 411.
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