Recall: Even more Fords catching on fire

Ford Everest offroad

You may recall the recall (see what we did there) on the Ford Rangers late last year, and their ability to burst into flames when parked and used in long grass due to an accumulation of dead grass around the DPF and exhaust system. The list of recalled Ford vehicles has now grown from 59,000 to over 73,000. 

Despite the rather obvious implications of parking a vehicle in long grass, Ford Australia initially recalled 59,000 vehicles to have a underbody heat shield and deflector shield added to the Rangers to stave off the spontaneous combustion issues. With parts now available to be fitted, there has been another 14,000 vehicles added to the list, built between July 2016 and April 2018.

The closely related Mazda BT-50 has also been involved in the recall with 20,000 vehicles impacted.

For owners concerned about the recall, an updated list of the effected VIN’s can be found here, or by calling 1800 503 672.

The problem affects Rangers built between March 18 and April 11 this year and Everests built between March 16 and April 6, also this year.

Ford Australia is currently contacting owners of vehicles involved in the recall, advising them that parts are now available for reparation.

“Owners should contact their nearest Ford dealership to arrange for the installation of an exhaust heat shield on all affected vehicles, in addition, an underbody shield must be fitted on 4WD and 2WD vehicles with increased ride height (HiRider) to prevent grass accumulation.”

As we’ve said, parking in long grass is a rather easily avoided activity, to help minimise the risk of any vehicle bursting into flames, learn more about 4X4 grass fire risks here.

Now that the list of recalled Ford vehicles has now grown, make sure you head over to here and check to see if your vehicle has been impacted by the recall.


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  • What they don’t say is if you have an say ARB underbody protection and tow Pintle
    They remove them to fit the DPF cover which is a thin tin plate large cover
    However after removing there tin plate and refitting my ARB kit I refitted there tin plate over the top of ARB kit with the aid of 2 x 75mm bolts

  • Poor form Mr 4×4!
    Nothing more than click bate that banner! I guess it gets people to your website though!!

  • I set fire to a small bush area years ago after prolonged braking the discs set the bush on fire, and that was a Holden Commobore years ago, even a hot exhaust can get it going.

  • So which is it Mr 4×4? In one paragraph you state vehicles built between July 2016 and April 2018 and the next paragraph states that it affects vehicles built between March and April this year! Or am I reading that wrong?

  • So much for total R&D. Just punch out a vehicle and we’ll fix any problems later (& only when we have too!)

  • Perhaps Bosch’s Synthetic Fuel made from hydraulosis of water and carbon from Co &CO2 in atmosphere ( no involvement of fossil fuel whatsoever) and a renewable energy source may allow a roll-back of 90%+ of all emission equipment as its known to be tailorable to-1 power-0r-2 economy- zero emissions-and is available in -unleaded,premium,LPG equivalent,and Diesel Formats.

    • Robbie i was thinking the same mate were are all these fords bursting into flames, would make head line news in WA lol

  • its okay to bag people for driving around in grass and stubble but what if youre a farmer? thats what we do every day.bottom line is the vehicles are poorly designed .theyre not fit for purpose. dmax and hilux have dpf mounted higher so should be better. fords not fixing the problem,just covering it up.

  • I would never buy a ford ranger mazda b50 or a Toyota prado I would be left wondering when the engines or gear boxes were going to blow up

    • Your choice Mel Blank, but don’t dud yourself out of the opportunity to choose between 3 of the most capable and reliable 4WDs, due to your lack of research. Rumours fill the gaps in information.

    • any one of these new common rail diesels can destroy themselves if you don’t have a catch can for oil mist collection

  • It would be good if they could publish a photo of the effected area with grass included rather than or along with file photos straight from the brochure.

  • Any late model vehicle will set grass on fire pull off the road to answer the phone and leave a fire behind you when you leave


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