PerformanceDrive understands some dealers are withholding delivery of some models, and some orders are being cancelled and replaced with other, later-built vehicles. We reached out to Ford Australia to find out more. Martin Günsberg, Ford Australia communications and public affairs director, said:
“Ford has delayed delivery of some Ranger and Everest vehicles as there is risk the studs retaining the torque converter to the engine flexplate may have been improperly welded on some vehicles. We are working to identify which vehicles are affected and will release cleared vehicles as quickly as possible.”
The 2019 Ford Ranger and Everest were only launched in September this year, which means the number of affected vehicles could be quite low. Günsberg said dealers are reaching out to customers who may have already taken delivery, but current orders are being withheld.
There has been no official recall issued at this stage, but there is a chance this is not safety-related. The official Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) only covers areas that could potentially jeopardise safety.
Both the Ranger and Everest are built in Thailand. It’s unknown at this stage if the potential weld defect concerns the 3.2-litre turbo-diesel engine or the new 2.0-litre twin-turbo diesel.