The new Ford Ranger is being recalled. Again.
The first time we saw the Ranger get recalled, it was due to a quality issue that could cause the shifter to skip the whole "parking" thing and just stick with neutral. This could cause unsuspecting Ranger owners to think their pickup was in park when in fact it was not, causing them to roll away.
That recall was issued just a month after the pickup was built. Now ten months down the line, Ford is issuing another recall for the Ranger, this time related to the truck’s HVAC system. It seems that in very rare circumstances, the HVAC blower motor could catch fire. Which is pretty bad, all things considered.
Due to "improper clearance between an electrical terminal and the conductive base-plate slot that may result in a resistive electrical short," some Ford Rangers may experience an HVAC blower motor that overheats, melts, smokes, or just bursts into flames. There are no accidents or injuries to report, but there was one warranty report of smoke that is potentially related to this issue.
Also, Ford says there were six reports of incidents prior to delivery at dealerships. All those trucks were returned to Ford for analysis which presumably led to this recall.
Ford estimates that 17,965 vehicles in the United States and another 1,544 in Canada will need to be inspected for a busted HVAC blower motor. All Rangers were built at Ford's Michigan Assembly Plant between August 1st and September 27th of this year.
Dealers will inspect the HVAC unit and determine if it was built between the prescribed dates. If so, they'll replace the HVAC blower motor with a new one free of charge.
So far, Ford hasn't said how they'll contact Ranger owners in this recall, but expect to be contacted within the next two months to get your pickup checked out. And if you smell smoke, pull over and pop the hood just to make sure your truck isn't about to burn down.