Ford owners are being urged to check if their Ranger ute is on a list of urgently recalled vehicles.
59,254 Rangers that were sold between July 2016 and now have been added to the list, after it was found they may catch fire.
The recall notice says the vehicles can catch fire when left parked on grass, or 'when driven over long grass... vehicles may accumulate vegetation under the vehicle near the exhaust system.'
The recall comes after nine of the utes caught fire across the country recently. It affects both two and four-wheel drive versions, with both diesel engines.
"They may be ignited by the exhaust system, causing smoke or flames to appear from under the vehicle," the company has said in its recall notice.
Ford Australia's statement says "the recall is in relation to a risk of fire due to grass or vegetation accumulation near the Diesel Particulate Filter that produces very high temperatures during regeneration mode."
"The Diesel Particulate Filter regeneration can radiate a considerable amount of heat which could create a fire risk if sufficient grass or vegetation accumulates in this area."
The company-initiated recall is a precautionary move.
"While the likelihood of this situation arising is low, Ford is taking precautionary action to help prevent this situation from occurring as customer safety is the company’s top priority and contacting all of our customers," reads the statement.
The Ranger was the top selling ute in Australia in September, with more than 4,300 taken from showrooms in that month alone.
It was also the second most popular vehicle in November, outsold only by the Toyota Hilux.
Affected owners will be contacted by mail, but in the meantime the company wants them to pay extra attention to a couple of specific sections of the owners manual -
- Starting and Stopping the Engine - General Information
- Starting and Stopping the Engine - Diesel particulate Filter
- Fuel and Refueling - Catalytic Converter
For further information, an owner can contact any authorised Ford Dealer or Ford's Customer Relationship centre on 1800 503 672.