It didn’t come as a great surprise when it was announced that Mazda BT-50 utes would also be recalled over an issue that also requires Ford Ranger utes back at dealerships.
The two products are near identical under the skin.
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The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is overseeing the recall and just over 20,000 Mazda BT-50s are involved.
Each of those vehicles was available for sales from the 26th of July 2017.
The recall notice advising that if driven across areas covered by high dry grass, there is a possibility that grass or vegetation could become trapped and accumulate in the vehicle underbody area.
What are the hazards?
If the grass or vegetation comes into contact with the exhaust system components that operate at a high temperature, there is a risk that such debris may be ignited by the exhaust system.
In the worst-case scenario, a fire may originate in the vehicle underbody area.
What should owners do?
Affected owners will be contacted by direct mail. Until a permanent solution to prevent the accumulation of debris is available, Mazda recommends the following temporary actions:
- Avoid driving your BT-50 across areas that are covered by high grass/vegetation.
- If you have driven your BT-50 across areas that are covered by high grass/vegetation, visually check the underbody area to see if there has been a build-up of debris. If there is a build-up of debris, the debris will need to be removed as soon as safely possible.
Further details are also available from Mazda dealers or the Mazda Customer Support team on 1800 931 024.
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