Ford is issuing a recall for select 2019 Ranger vehicles in the United States and Canada.
In a statement, the car manufacturer has revealed that the HVAC blower used by the pickup truck may have been built with improper clearance between an electrical terminal and the conductive base-plate slot. Ford says this could result in a resistive electrical short that may increase the risk of the HVAC blower motor overheating, melting, smoking, or causing a fire.
Ford is not aware of any accidents or injuries related to the issue, but says it is aware of one customer warranty report of smoke while driving that could be related to the HVAC issue. A total of six reports of incidents in vehicles prior to deliveries to dealerships were also made.
Overall, there are 17,965 vehicles in the United States and its federal territories caught up in the recall, as well as 1,544 units in Canada. These vehicles were all built at Ford’s Michigan Assembly Plant between August 1, 2019 and September 27, 2019.
To fix the issue, Ford dealerships will inspect the HVAC blower motor and replace it if it is within the suspect part production dates. Owners of Ford Ranger models impacted can expect to be notified shortly about the recall, although a specific date has yet to be announced. All repairs will be carried out free of charge.
Additionally, the Ford Ranger was involved in a separate recall in the U.S. and Canada earlier this year due to a roll away risk. Those models were built between March 5, 2019 and March 13, 2019.