Ford won’t recall Everest over battery fire

Ford won’t recall Everest over battery fire

Ford Australia has told media there, and in New Zealand that it will not recall any new Everest models after an investigation into a recent fire showed a faulty battery installation to be the cause of the blaze.

A News Limited motoring writer Peter “Barney” Barnwell was test driving a late model Everest from the Ford Australia press fleet when it erupted into flames in the Newcastle region of New South Wales more than a week ago.

Ford New Zealand communications and government affairs manager Tom Clancy sent out the following statement from Ford Australia:

“The issue arose due to the incorrect installation of a replacement battery post production and our investigations to date have not found any other vehicles to have been subject to the same issue.”

“The new design of the battery fuse link for Everest and higher spec Ranger models means it is not common with the prior model Ranger and Everest.

“All of the data collected during the exhaustive investigation to date indicates this is a situation that is not systemic to Everest or Ranger,” concluded the official statement.

Ford Australia, president and chief executive officer Graeme Whickman, told Australian publication GoAuto that the company had subsequently checked 2000 vehicles and not found any repetition of the issue.

He told GoAuto that the “post-production” battery – which was incorrectly wired, causing overloaded wiring to burst into flames – was fitted by someone working for Ford who “has since been spoken to”.

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