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Ford recalls 6,000 Rangers over faulty HVACs that could ignite

Pickups had HVAC motors replaced, but replacement parts could cause short

Published: March 12, 2020, 12:00 AM
Updated: March 21, 2020, 2:04 AM

2019 Ford Ranger

Ford is recalling about 6,000 new 2019 Ranger pickups to deal with a faulty previous fix of the heating/ventilation blower that may result in fire.

2019 Ford Ranger

The affected vehicles had had their HVAC blower motor replaced last fall, but the replacement parts used in the repair had been manufactured with improper clearance between the electrical terminal and the conductive base plate slot. The fault could result in a resistive electrical short, which would increase the risk of the motor overheating, melting, smouldering or igniting.

Ford is not aware of any incidents related to the issue, but will have dealers replace the HVAC blower motor, if it was built within the time frame identified as the time during which the defective units were manufactured – during August and September, 2019.

2019 Ford Ranger

The issue is suspected to affect 5,384 pickups in the US and federalized territories, and 418 in Canada.