Ford Australia is recalling roughly 300 Ford Territory models employed by police forces nationwide due to an accelerator pedal issue.
The 302 current-generation SZ Ford Territory models built between April 11, 2011 and May 24, 2012 fitted with Ford’s Police Equipment Pack are at risk of having their accelerator pedals interfered with by an incorrectly fitted driver’s side footwell trim panel.
The official recall notice published on the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC) website explains:
“Interference with the accelerator pedal travel could result in the engine not returning to idle, posing a potential crash hazard.”
As per normal, Ford Australia says letters have been sent to owners notifying them of the recall and recommending vehicles be brought into Ford service centres to be inspected and, if required, repaired. The repair should take approximately 20 minutes to complete.
Despite the recall affecting the entire fleet of Police Pack Territorys built in the given time period, Ford’s Sinead Phipps told CarAdvice that while a small number of reports of the issue initiated the recall, there have been no reports of any injuries.
In August 2011, 3681 Ford Territory SZ models were recalled for a fuel line return hose fault that had the potential to lead to a fuel leak.