Ve­hi­cles in need of check

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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.

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