Ford Australia is recalling a significant number of vehicles. They are pulling back 4841 Ranger utes and Everest SUVs. These cars have a potentially dangerous issue. A glitch may trigger the transmission to shift into the park automatically.
The affected vehicles in question are the current-generation Ford Ranger and Everest versions. Ford produced these units between 2021 and 2023. An unexpected shift in the park could cause a sudden stop in motion.
A software problem is at the core of this issue. The company has explained that this flaw activates under very specific conditions. In particular, when the battery level falls below a safe threshold, the problem can surface. The transmission would then shift into the park only if the vehicle moves below 6km/h.
While this issue may not seem severe initially, it could lead to dangerous situations. The potential outcome is quite alarming. It can cause a sudden halt without proper indication. Swiftly stopping without the rear brake lamps illuminating as they should can pose a risk. In essence, it leaves other road users needing clarification about the abrupt change in motion. Hence, the recall effort by Ford Australia is a necessary safety measure.