Popular Ford Ranger and Mazda BT-50 utes recalled due to brake issues
Ford has issued a recall for its popular Ranger ute line-up, due to issues with the front brakes. The campaign – campaign number 19S10 – affects 2018 model year Rangers, built between March 7, 2018 through to April 13, 2018 and concerns the vehicle’s front brake calipers that aren’t to specification, and may crack under application.
“Cracking of the front brake caliper could lead to a loss of brake fluid, causing increased brake pedal travel and increased stopping distances,” an ACCC report says. “This increases the risk of an accident.”
If failure does occur, a warning light will be illuminated on the dashboard.
Rear brakes are not affected.
Ford the caliper campaign is the second of two campaigns Ford has issued for the Ranger. The other campaign affects 89,094 vehicles built from March 1, 2016 through to July 13, 2018 (Campaign Number 19S12).
An ACCC report says that vehicles may be fitted with flexible front brake hoses that may bend and kink when fitted to the vehicle.
The ACCC report says “this (the flexibility) could create a tight bend in the hose that causes the inner and outer hose layers to wear when driven over extreme bumps that require greater suspension travel.”
“Failure of the front brake hose could lead to a loss of brake fluid, causing increased brake pedal travel and increased stopping distances. This increases the risk of an accident.”
As the Mazda BT-50 shares a large number of core components with the Ranger, a total of 30,505 MY2016-2018 BT-50s (UR) have been affected.
Full lists of vehicles affected can be found here: