40,000+ cars recalled amid fears they could burst into flames

Almost 43,000 cars have been recalled over fears the fuel tank could crack and spark a fire.

Ford Australia issued the major safety recall on Thursday, affecting 42,988 vehicles across the country.

Cars affected include certain Ford Focus vehicles built from April 12, 2011 through September 29, 2015.


The Focus’ affected include those with VIN numbers from MPB1XXMXB1CC00178 to WF0MXXGCBMCR88545.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission detailed the defect on its website.

“Certain vehicles under particular environmental conditions may ingest excessive levels of dust, which may block the carbon canister during a purge cycle,” the website reads.

“This could cause the fuel tank to reach vacuum levels that exceed design limits.

“If this condition is not corrected, the fuel tank may crack, resulting in a fuel leak. A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source can lead to a fire.”

It’s understood Ford Australia will write to the owners of each affected vehicle, advising them to contact their local Ford dealership.

You can click here to see a full list (728 pages) of VIN numbers affected.