FORD RANGER (post July 2016 Models) EXHAUST SYSTEMS – ELEVATED RISK OF FIRE
Ford Motor Company of Australia advise “that when driven over long grass affected vehicles may accumulate vegetation under the vehicle near the exhaust system of these vehicles. The exhaust system in that area may reach a high temperature. If sufficient grass or other combustible material has accumulated, they may be ignited by the exhaust system, causing smoke or flames to appear from under the vehicle.”
Details of the related safety recall can be found here.
While a known risk in our operations can drivers pay particular attention to this hazard when using Ford Ranger vehicles (post July 2016 models) and avoid driving them in areas of long grass given the elevated risk.
Managers and drivers are to implement checks of the exhaust systems (particularly the area surrounding the Diesel particulate filters) of vehicles to ensure that debris has not accumulated in the manner described above.
16 Ranger vehicles affected by this safety recall have been identified and the Managers of these vehicles have received an email to advise them of the process to have remedial works undertaken by the Ford Motor Company.
Driving in Long grass in these vehicles must be avoided until this problem has been rectified.
Please ensure this Hazard Alert is distributed to all worksites.
Prepared by: Peter Bercys Snr Safety Projects Officer
Issued by: Workplace Safety and Wellbeing Unit
Approved by: Grant Pelton, Chair DEWNR H&S Subcommittee of Executive
Date Issued: December 2017
Remove from Notice Boards: March 2018