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Ford Territory recall

The recall affects 83,534 Territorys in Australia, 7739 in New Zealand, 3612 in South Africa and about 60 in Thailand and Brunei.

Details of the defect were uncovered by Carsguide after more than 15 customers reported brake failures to our Ask Smithy guru, Graham Smith.

Ask Smithy, Daily Telegraph, March 27, 2009.

Carsguide answers your questions about the Ford Territory recall

The recall affects the bulk of Territorys on the road, built between February 1 2004 and December 31, 2008.

Territory Turbo, Territory Ghia Turbo and the FPV F6X are not included in the recall.

Ford Australia spokeswoman, Sinead McAlary, said the problem had affected less than 2 per cent of vehicles but the company was recalling most Territorys to replace the hoses

McAlary said the issue was isolated to the Territory and did not affect Falcon models.

The problem relates to the front brake hose, which can wear through, leading to leaking brake fluid that could render the brakes almost useless.

Ford is fitting all Territorys with replacement hoses that are stronger and longer, McAlary said.

An official Ford statement said that the the rear braking system will still bring the vehicle to a halt within Australian Design Rule requirements.

 If the vehicle continues to be operated in this condition, a warning light will appear on the instrument cluster to alert the driver that the vehicle's braking system requires attention, the statement said.

McAlary said that a Ford investigation had shown that a combination of high mileage on the vehicles, along with frequent cornering at full steering lock, could lead to a problem with the brakes.

She said any customers with concerns are advised to contact their nearest Ford Dealer to make arrangements to have their vehicle rectified.

The front brake hoses will be replaced free of charge.

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