Ford Australia has issued a recall on 10,520 of its Ranger utes and Territory SUVs, over fears that a sensor fault could see the vehicle lose control while driving.

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Affected models are fitted with the 6R80 automatic transmission, in both all-wheel and rear-wheel drive configurations.

The recall centres on a fault in the Output Shaft Speed sensor, located at the transmission. As its name suggests, the sensor monitors the speed of the output shaft, providing the car's control system with the information needed to allow for smooth, safe and efficient shifting.

Ford says that a failure with the sensor could result in a sudden and unexpected change down to first gear, which could lead to "an abrupt wheel speed reduction", causing the rear tyres to slide or lock up until the vehicle slows.

Owners are advised to drive with caution, and at moderate speed, if at all.

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Affected vehicles: 

SZ Territory vehicles built from 19 September 2011 to 5 February 2013

PX Ranger vehicles built from 5 November 2011 to 7 November 2012

Ford will contact affected owners by mail, although concerned owners may also contact Ford's Customer Relationship Centre on 1800 503 672.