Ford is recalling over 78,000 new Ranger pickups to deal with an electric issue that could knock out the taillights.
The company has identified a problem with the electrical connector terminals for the tail lamps. The terminals may be misaligned or improperly seated, which could result in inoperative or intermittent tail lamps. That would mean loss of stop, turn, reversing and rear position lighting, failing to alert other road users to the Ranger-drivers’ actions or intent and increase the risk of a crash.
Ford is not aware of any incidents resulting from the issue, which also does not affect the centre high-mounted stop light (CHMSL).
The recall action affects 2019 Ford Ranger pickups in the US and federalized territories (72,718) and in Canada (5,546).
Customers are asked to return the vehicles to Ford dealers, who will inspect the underbody inline connector for loose terminals and re-pin them into replacement connectors.