Ford announced a recall of 52,600 F250 utes sold in North America on the weekend, citing an issue with the park function.
Vehicles may roll forward after the driver moves the automatic transmission into park. The recall affects the 6.2-litre F250 ute, which is available in New Zealand through some importers with a converted left-hand driving configuration.
It’s the third recall Ford announced in less than a week. On Thursday morning, the company recalled 211,000 vehicles in North America due to faulty door latches, including Fiesta models produced in 2013 and Fusion models produced in 2013 and 2014.
A day later, a further 230,000 vehicles were recalled due to a fire risk in the engine compartment. The engine may overheat due to a lack of coolant circulation, which could cause a crack in the cylinder head, according to a statement from Ford. Leaking oil may hit a hot surface and cause a fire.
Affected vehicles include the Escape SUV produced from 2013 onwards, the Fiesta ST made between 2013 and 2015, the Fusion produced between 2013 and 2013, the 2012 through 2014 Transit Connect and the 2009 through 2014 C-Max hybrid and Focus.
All the vehicles contain 1.6-litre four-cylinder engines, with 29 fires reported in the United States and Canada so far.
A 1 News investigation found an instance of a Ford vehicle catching fire in New Zealand in February. On Thursday, Ford announced a New Zealand recall of over 900 Ford Kugas made between 2012 and 2014, and 69 Ford Fiesta STs made between 2013 and 2015. Both vehicles also contain 1.6-litre four-cylinder engines.
Ford will contact owners directly to arrange a replacement, and advise concerned owners to check their vehicle identification number on the company website.