More than 4000 all-new Ford Ranger vehicles have been recalled due to a rear seatback issue that could result in a safety hazard for passengers, just over 12 months after the Ford ute's Australian launch in September 2011.
The official recall notice published on the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) website explains 4258 Double Cab PX Ford Rangers available for sale between May 23, 2011 and February 13, 2012 may have a defective rear seatback latch that may not engage correctly. The defect may result in the rear seatback latch not being secured to the body striker, causing the rear seatback to fall forward posing a safety hazard to occupants.
The ACCC recommends that until the safety recall service is completed, affected vehicles should not be operated with a rearward facing child seat.
Owners are advised to contact their authorised Ford dealership for inspection and rectification.
CarAdvice has contacted Ford Australia for comment.
In August, 16,287 of the earlier PJ and PK model Ford Rangers were recalled to fix a defect with the utes’ factory-fitted tow bars.