Vehicles Affected: Approximately 18,000 model-year 2019 Ford Ranger pickup trucks built at the Michigan Assembly Plant Aug. 1-Sept. 27
The Problem: The climate control blower motor may have been built with an improper clearance between an electrical terminal and the conductive base-plate slot and could result in a resistive electrical short. This condition increases the risk of the blower motor overheating, melting, smoking or causing a fire, increasing the risk of an accident or injury.
Ford said in a statement that is is not aware of any accidents or injuries related to this defect — though it did receive one “potentially related” driver report of smoke while the vehicle was in motion.
The Fix: Dealers will inspect the climate control blower motor and replace it, free of charge, if it is within the suspect part production dates.
What Owners Should Do: Ford did not immediately announce an owner-notification schedule. Owners can call the automaker at 800-392-3673, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or visit its website to check their vehicle identification number and learn more.
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