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by Tim Beissmann

Ford Australia is recalling 8082 PJ and PK Ford Ranger utes over issues with the cruise control.

Around 5700 PK Ranger XLT and Wildtrak vehicles sold between April 2009 and January 2011 with cruise control fitted standard are affected by the recall.

Another 2300 PJ and PK Ranger vehicles that had cruise control fitted as a Ford Genuine Accessory between the same time period are also subject to the recall.

The official recall notice published on the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission website says the cruise control system in affected vehicles may not operate correctly:

“The driver may experience the inability to ‘set’ or ‘activate’ cruise control, or to ‘cancel’ or ‘de-activate’ cruise control when it is engaged.”

Ford Australia’s Neil McDonald said as far as they knew the cruise control defect only affected Australian vehicles, and would not apply to Mazda BT-50 vehicles.

He said there have been no reports of accidents or injuries as a result of the defect.

Mr McDonald said dealers would disable the defective cruise control systems and repair them with a permanent replacement. He admitted some owners would have to return to the dealer twice to complete the two-stage process, as replacement parts are expected to arrive in Australia progressively over the next couple of months.

Ford Australia says it will write to all owners of PK Ranger XLT and Wildtrak vehicles at their last known address, and says owners of PJ and PK Ranger vehicles will be contacted by the Ford dealer who installed the system in their vehicle.

All recall actions will be conducted at no cost to the owners.

The cruise control recall follows two recalls that affected a larger sample of Ford Ranger utilities in September last year.

In total, 30,465 PJ and PK Rangers were recalled because of defects to the bonnet strikers and the automatic transmission.




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