Ford Australia has released an official statement regarding the Everest fire from earlier this month.

Ford Australia has released an official statement regarding the Everest fire from earlier this month.

Last week we reported about a journalist test drive of the new Everest SUV in Australia that ended with a massive fire. Thankfully, no one got hurt but it took the fire brigade more than 20 minutes to extinguish the flames.

Now, the Blue oval says this is not a general problem but an issue that is only related to the vehicle tested by the journalist. The incident was caused by a loose battery connection, because the battery had been replaced in Thailand after the early production vehicle sat in a compound near the end of the production line for two weeks. The company also announced it won’t issue a recall for nearly 1,000 Everest SUVs and 100,000 Ranger pickups that are assembled on the same production line.

“The issue arose to due to the incorrect installation of a replacement battery post production and our investigations to date have not found any other vehicles to have been subject to the same issue,” Ford stated. “All of the data collected during the exhaustive investigation to date indicates this is a situation which is not systemic to Everest or Ranger.”

Ford Australia safety expert Andy Cooper said to CarsGuide the company is confident “this is not a systemic failure, or a design defect, or something that has happened through the assembly of the vehicle” and that “someone has made a mistake.”

Source: Ford Australia via CarsGuide

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