Mazda BT-50 set for New Zealand recall for suspected brake issues
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Following Monday's news that certain Ford Ranger models are set to be recalled for front brake issues, it's now looking like a similar recall will soon take effect for the Mazda BT-50.
The Mazda and Ford are cousin utes under the skin, sharing a number of parts. Evidently, these include the same front brake calipers and hoses that Ford labelled as potentially 'not meeting specification' in their recall statement earlier in the week.
According to overseas reports, the defective calipers have the potential to crack over time while hoses are said to rupture.
Mazda Australia has issued a joint formal recall for BT-50 models built between 2016 and 2018 for similar front brake caliper and brake hose concerns. Further reports have suggested that vehicles that have travelled over 45,000km with regular use on high suspension-travel roads (such as off-road trails) are particularly vulnerable.
Driven contacted Mazda New Zealand regarding the confirmed Ford New Zealand Ranger recall and Australian BT-50 recall. Mazda New Zealand says that while they haven't witnessed any failure cases in New Zealand, they will soon start contacting customers directly to arrange replacements.
"Regarding the brake hose recall announced by Ford Australia, we are aware of the campaign and are currently working on the finer details with Mazda Motor Corporation," said a Mazda New Zealand spokesperson.
"Although we have not experienced any such brake part failure in New Zealand, once we have obtained the necessary replacement parts, we will be contacting customers directly to arrange new parts to be fitted. We will try to do this as quickly as possible and with the least amount of disruption to our customers."
It's understood that in the case of either a hose or caliper failure, a brake system warning sign will light up on the vehicle's instrument cluster.