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Ford Australia has recalled more than 30,000 PJ and PK Ranger utilities over issues with the bonnet strikers and the automatic transmission.

In total, 30,465 PJ and PK Ranger models have been recalled to replace the bonnet striker. The affected models include certain PJ Rangers built from 8 September 2006 to 5 August 2008, and certain PK Rangers built from 24 April 2010 to 11 June 2010.

The official recall notice reads:

“Whilst a secondary safety hook will retain the bonnet in the event of a striker failure, continued use in severe road conditions may cause the secondary safety hook to fail which may result in the bonnet opening while driving, hindering the visibility of the driver.”

Ford says there is the possibility that after extended periods of driving in severe road conditions, the bonnet striker may develop a fatigue fracture. Ford is aware of one reported incident in the field.

The second recall is for PJ Ranger models only and applies to those fitted with an automatic transmission built between 15 May 2007 and 25 July 2008.

In total, 4110 vehicles have been recalled over the automatic transmission shift cable bracket defect, which may lead to “high shift efforts or no shift for selected gears”.

Ford Australia product communications manager Peter Fadeyev confirmed all the 4110 vehicles recalled for the automatic transmission defect will also be affected by the bonnet striker recall.

“All the PJ and PK Rangers that have the bonnet striker will come in, that’s the intention,” Mr Fadeyev said. “The transmission affected vehicles overlap inside there so it will be all 4110 shift cable bracket vehicles will also be bonnet striker affected as well.”

Ford says the shift cable bracket fitted to affected vehicles may not meet specification and may result in the bracket cracking or breaking. It has received “several field reports” of this problem.

Ford will replace all recalled transmission cable brackets as a precautionary measure to avoid potential failures.

Ford Australia will write to owners of all affected vehicles at their last known address and encourage people seeking more information to contact their authorised Ford dealer.


  • Macca82

    Good to see Ford being proactive unlike with the Territory ball joint issue

    • Stoney!

      Ranger isn’t built here so they are probably being subsidised for some of the recall. But yes a big turn around from what they were doing. Good to see.

      Stoney!

  • Direct Injection

    Toyota has just recalled 116000 Hi-Lux……gee Toyota are the re-call kings for sure !!! Not much they havent re-called..and I hear there is more Toyota stuff ups on the way.

  • ABMPSV

    Just happened 35 min ago that Toyota has announced a safety recall of more than 116,000 four-wheel-drive Hilux vehicles across Australia.

  • Eric

    Are we to assume the same recall will come from Mazda for the BT50??

    Eric

    • Andrew M

      Interesting question.

      Well if they planned to sweep it under the carpet Ford has spoiled it for them, because Im sure others will be looking at Mazda now for the same thing

      • Devil’s Advocate

        Ford are a bit slow. Mazda released this recall for the bonnet striker on the BT-50 way back on the 5th of May…

        Mazda released the Auto transmission recall last week.

  • nickdl

    Yeah a ute doesn’t really count as a car…

    Keep your crap jokes for a site dedicated to them.

  • Save it for the track

    ‘a ute doesn’t really count as a car’. Nice quote, I’m sure Holden and HSV would love to hear that, especially when they consider their v8 utes as ‘sports cars’. I love the quote by the way….

  • Bert

    I’VE TRIED ALL SORTS OF OTHER MAKES AND MODELS. HOWEVER, I ALWAY GO BACK TO FORD. GREAT VEHICLES.

  • http://holden Rick

    I own a Ford Ranger & had nothing but trouble with the service I cruise control from the very first free service.
    Ford wont refund the purchase price.
    I will never buy a Ford again in my life time.
    VERY UNHAPPY FORD EXPERIENCE.

    • Matt

      I am with you. First and last Ford that I will buy. Have had nothing but treated like a joke from both Ford dealer at Castle Hill and Ford head office. Very poor service from both.

  • Michael Deacon

    I had a problem 12monts after purchasing my ford ranger, unfortunately i still have it, only because ford could not find the problem with the computer going into limp mode. It also took about 1 week of my time messing about taking the ute to different dealers who would have a go at fixing it.After now four years i suppose i am stuck with it untill it dies. I will definitely not buy another ford.

  • Vikford73

    My PK Ranger had a bracket in the drivers seat break last month. I am a fully qualified metal worker and saw there was a fault in the design.Ford investigated my claim quickly and said that they were not at fault. To repair cost me $2100 because of the airbag in the seat. Has anyone else experienced this fault as well. I need some support to try and prove Ford have a design fault.

  • roxoff11

    Hi, has anyone tried to connect the power folding mirrors to the central locking remote on a wildtrak??