Mazda Australia has recalled 5000 BT-50 utes to fix a potential fault which could see the workhorse suddenly thrown into first gear while in motion, causing drivers to lose control of the vehicle.
The defect, found in the output shaft speed sensor, is to be inspected and repaired by Mazda Australia – free of charge to owners – and, according the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) report, the fault “may cause the rear tyres to slide or lock up until the vehicle speed slows” and “could result in a loss of vehicle control."
Affected vehicle owners will be contacted by Mazda Australia via mail, wherein they will be directed to take their BT-50 to their nearest Mazda dealership, however, proactive owners can contact Mazda’s customer support line on 1800 034 411 or head to the ACCC website for a full list of recalled BT-50 vehicle identification numbers (VIN).
Late last year, Ford Australia issued a recall for 10,000 Territory SUVs and Ranger utes that employ the same automatic transmission.
The Mazda BT-50 and Ford Ranger are closely related, sharing not only the same transmission, but also diesel engines and underpinnings.
This call back marks the third time the BT-50 has been recalled in nine months, with dual-cab versions of the Thai-built workhorse recalled for a faulty rear seat latch in September, and all body styles in July for a potentially damaged airbag inflator unit.
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