Vehicles in need of check
OWNERS of 4258 current-model Ford Ranger dual-cab pick-ups are being advised not to use rearward facing child seats until they’ve had their vehicles inspected at a dealership.
The problem lies with a faulty rear seat latch that has led Ford to recall 4x2 and 4x4 dual-cab models built between May 32, 2011, and February 13 this year.
The official release says the latch may not properly lock and in the worst-case scenario the rear seat may fall down, posing a safety hazard to occupants. As a result, owners are advised not to use rearward-facing child seats until the vehicle has been inspected.
Ford spokesman Neil McDonald says the fix will take half a day and letters have already been sent to affected owners advising them to return the vehicle to their nearest dealership.
‘‘We’ve had one report in Australia and that was a minor issue that thankfully didn’t involve a child seat,’’ he says.
Customers should contact a dealership or call the Ford Customer Relationship Centre on 1800 503 672.
Nissan also needs to inspect 2712 Dualis compact SUVs built between February 24 and May 16 this year to make a crucial check for a potentially under-strength steering wheel boss.
The boss may separate from the steering column, leading to a loss of steering.
Nissan spokesman Peter Fadeyev says no customers have reported a problem in Australia.
About 600 vehicles out of a global total of 48,000 are affected and will have their steering replaced.
‘‘We’re asking customers with the specified VIN numbers (SJNFBAJ10A2498827 to SJNJBNJ10A7127131) to bring the vehicles in,’’ Fadeyev says.