The recall concerns the Ranger’s underbody, which may accumulate vegetation, particularly if the vehicle is driven in long grass, which may collect next to the exhaust system. If those parts of the exhaust reach a high enough temperature the grass may be ignited, causing smoke or flames to appear beneath the vehicle.
Ford will attempt to contact all affected owners by mail. Owners wishing to know more can contact their local Ford dealer or Ford’s Customer Relationship Centre on 1800 503 672.
Until parts are available to remedy the problem, Ford advises owners to familiarise themselves with the “starting and stopping the engine” and “fuel and refuelling” sections of their owners manual as a means of minimising the potential risk.