Ford and Mazda brake recalls
Two of the more popular 4WD touring and towing vehicles, the Ford Ranger and the Mazda BT-50, are currently involved in a serious brake recall.
The Mazda BT-50, specifically MY2016-2018 models, have potential problems with front brake hoses and front brake calipers, affecting 30,505 vehicles.
Ford has also placed a recall on their Ranger models built from 1 March 2016 through 13 July 2018 (MY2016-2018) with potential brake hose problems. The Campaign Number is 19S12 and affects 89,094 vehicles.
A second recall by Ford, under Campaign Number 19S10, affects certain Ranger vehicles built from 7 March 2018 through 13 April 2018 (MY2018) and involves 4648 vehicles at risk of brake failure.
The ACCC reported that the failure of the front brake hose or cracking of the front brake caliper could lead to a loss of brake fluid, causing increased brake pedal travel and increased stopping distances. This increases the risk of an accident.
Each company will be contacting owners who are affected, however more information can be found at https://www.productsafety.gov.au/ where there is a VIN number list available.
Alternatively, you can contact Mazda Customer Support on 1800 034 411 or Ford Ranger owners can contact the Ford Customer Relationship Centre on 1800 503 672.