Following customer complaints on the issue, Ford Australia is now voluntarily recalling Ford Territory vehicles manufactured between February 1 2004 and December 31 2008.
The recall relates to a front brake hose fluid leak issue that in some cases has resulted in ‘reduced braking effectiveness’, although Ford is keen to point out this has been found in less than two per cent of vehicles.
An investigation by Ford has found that this issue only occurs under certain operating conditions – a combination of high time in service, along with frequent cornering at full steering lock.
According to Ford Australia, even following total front brake failure, the rear braking system will still bring the vehicle to a halt within Australian Design Rule requirements.
This recall only applies to non-Turbo Ford Territory vehicles manufactured during the time period of February 1 2004 to December 31 2008 – Territory Turbo, Territory Ghia Turbo and the FPV F6X are not affected.
Ford says owners should contact their nearest authorised Ford Dealer to make arrangements to have their vehicle rectified and if necessary the front brake hoses will be replaced free of charge.
Ford Australia will also contact owners by letter and will advertise the recall in daily newspapers in order to reach all customers.