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