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2016-17 Ford Ranger recalled – UPDATE

UPDATE, 21/6/18: Ford Australia has expanded this recall, and has announced parts are now available to rectify the fault. See article for more details. Ford Australia has issued a recall for 73,000 Ranger utes, over concerns a buildup of debris on the vehicle's underbody could pose a fire risk...

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2018 Mazda BT-50 recalled for steering fix
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2018 Mazda BT-50 recalled for steering fix

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2018 Ford Ranger, Everest recalled for steering fix
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2018 Ford Ranger, Everest recalled for steering fix

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2018 Ram 2500, 3500 pricing and specs

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Ford F-150 Raptor updated for 2019

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2019 Ford Ranger pricing and specs

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The week's top news stories: May 20

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2019 Ford Ranger revealed with available AEB, 10-speed auto

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2017-18 Ram 2500 and 3500 recalled
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2017-18 Ram 2500 and 3500 recalled

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2018 Ram 2500 recalled
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2018 Ram 2500 recalled

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2005-08 Mazda B4000 Bravo added to Takata recall

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HSV Silverado pricing and specs

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