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Birds have no respect for Ford’s iconic Mustang
In the poo: Like other imported vehicles, Ford’s new Mustangs come wrapped in a protective plastic cover to protect them from bird droppings and other unwanted deposits. The problem is that the covers have to be removed for quarantine reasons.
Dive-bombing birds damage paint of two new Ford Mustangs, causing prep rethink
14 January 2016
THE bane of car owners everywhere – bird poo – has forced Ford Australia to
rethink its new-car import preparation procedures after two new Mustangs were
dive-bombed and damaged by feathered fiends at Melbourne’s Webb Dock after
being unloaded from a ship bringing them from the United States.
The pony car paint was damaged by the droppings after protective plastics
wrappings had been removed to comply with Australia’s quarantine laws.
The issue came to light when an anonymous person called a Melbourne radio
station to say that dealers were having to repair the paintwork.
The incident was confirmed by Ford brand communications manager Neil McDonald
who said only two cars had been damaged.
He explained that the protective “wrap guard” on the horizontal surfaces of the
cars had been removed from the shipment of Mustangs as part of the
bio-decontamination process to ensure no unwanted seeds or other nasties enter
“Two cars then suffered bird dropping damage while they were on the docks after
the wrapping came off,” he said. “As a result we’re looking at the process to
better understand how this can be avoided.”
Presumably, the droppings were not noticed until they were being prepped at
dealerships, by which time the damage had been done.
Some manufacturers such as Land Rover have been forced to wrap their vehicles
in top-to-bottom shrouds to avoid bird droppings, particularly while awaiting
shipment on the docks where seagulls are notoriously negligent.
The new Ford Mustang will be officially launched in Australia next week with a
media event in New South Wales’ Hunter Valley, although stocks of the much
anticipated two-door coupe and convertible have been arriving since late last
The first year’s allocation of 4000 vehicles have already been snapped up by
buyers, with new customers facing a wait of more than a year for delivery.
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