Ford is recalling about 19,500 Ranger pickups from model year 2019 for the faulty production of their HVAC blower motors.
Potentially affecting 19,509 vehicles (17,965 in the US and federalized territories and 1,544 in Canada), the issue arises from blower motors that may have been built with an improper clearance between an electrical terminal and the conductive base-plate slot, which might result in an electrical short. If that happens, the HVAC blower motor could overheat, melt, smoke or catch fire.
Ford is not aware of any public incidents related to the issue, but is aware of one warranty report of smoke while driving, which could be related to the issue. There were also six incidents prior to vehicle delivery to dealerships, which resulted in the vehicles undergoing further inspection.
The Rangers potentially affected by the condition were built at Michigan Assembly between Aug. 1 and Sept. 27, 2019. So dealers will inspect potentially affected vehicles and replace the HVAC blower motors produced on those dates.