Ford Australia has recalled 17,875 Falcon sedan, Falcon Ute and Territory vehicles over a potential issue with the ignition switch connector that could cause the car to stall while driving.
The recall announced this morning affects a number of FG II Falcon and SZ Territory models built between November 12, 2013 and October 12, 3014 — just before production of the FG X Falcon and SZ II Territory commenced.
According to the recall notice placed on the government Product Safety Recalls database, the potential issue means “there is potential for the ignition switch electrical connector to disengage”.
If this were to occur, says the company, “the engine will stall, electrical functions will be lost, and the vehicle will be unable to be re-started”.
“This poses a potential accident hazard to the driver and other road users,” the company added.
Until the recall is completed, Ford recommends that the steering column Tilt or Reach positions are not adjusted as this may reduce the engagement of the electrical connector.
Ford Australia communications and public affairs director Wes Sherwood told CarAdvice this morning that there had been no incidents or accidents, though two owners had noted the issue on their vehicles.
Ford will contact all affected owners and inspect their vehicles and fix if required.